Philip Alexius de Laszlo's Mary Frances Dundas McEwen
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 Mary Frances Dundas McEwen
Philip Alexius de Laszlo -- British painter (1869-1937)
1913 / 1914
Oil on Canvas
69 x 43 in. (175.3 x 109.2 cm.)

Signed and dated l.r. de László / 1914.III
Sitters Book Vol. I p. 92 Mary Frances McEwen / March 15 1913
Jpg: Christies

From Christies
Mary Frances Dundas (1864-1944) was the daughter of Henry Robert Duncan Dundas and Catherine Anne Carrington Napier. In 1893 she married Robert Finnie McEwen (1861-1926) of Marchmont and Bardrochat. They had four children. Mrs. McEwen had already been painted with one of her daughters by Sir John Lavery.

Sir John Lavery

Mrs. Robert Finnie McEwen of Marchmont and Bardrochat, with her Daughters, Katharine and Elizabeth

The McEwen family was to offer de László several commissions over the years, in addition to this portrait. Robert Finnie McEwen also offered to have de László paint the composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) in 1913, but Stanford politely declined, asking McEwen instead to offer financial aid to his fellow composers.  Two years later, the artist painted the McEwens' two sons, John Helias Finnie McEwen (1894-1962) and James Robert Dundas McEwen (1896-1916), in 1915. [The latter picture can already be viewed in the de László section of the JSS Gallery.] Mary’s husband signed the artist’s Sitters’ Book on March 27, 1925; their daughter-in-law, Bridget (who had married John Helias Finnie McEwen) followed suit on Nov. 14, 1930.

Special thanks to Matt Davies, from Kansas City, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for the link to this painting.


Offered for sale by Sotheby’s, London, Modern British and Irish Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Oct. 12, 1988, lot. 25 (‘Mary Frances Dundas’);

Sold by Christie’s, South Kensington, Twentieth Century British Art, May 11, 2005, Sale No. 5611,  lot 46 (‘Mary Frances Dundas’);
£6,600 UK (was estimated of £6,000-10,000)

James Robert Dundas McEwen
(Son to Mary Frances Dundas McEwen)


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