Hazel, Lady Lavery
National Gallery of Ireland
inscribed and signed "To
Hazel Lavery l'echange amical / /John S. Sargent 1923" 
Friend of the JSS Gallery
Hazel, Lady Lavery
(1887-1935) was the wife of the painter
Sir John Lavery. The drawing took place just two years after Hazel's instrumental
hosting (in her husband's studio) of the negotiations that finally synched
the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
Larvey, himself, would paint Hazel
that same year.
Special thanks to Matt Davies, of
Kansas City, a friend
of the JSS Gallery, for sending me notes regarding this image.
1) l'echange amical
-- French for "a friendly exchange." The inscriptions seems to imply that
John traded drawings with the Lavery's. That it was inscribed in French
might indicate that he was with them somewhere in France at the time.
Subject: Did Sir John Lavery shared
a studio with JSS -- did John paint his wife?
From: Terry Browne
First your site is remarkable!
I am working on Sir John Lavery and
his second wife Lady, Hazel Lavery (1880-1935). John Lavery took
the lease on 5 Cromwell Place in London with John Singer Sargent in about
1896. What a house and Studio! I was there last week (and any
chance I get).
It is said that the Anglo-Irish treaty
of 1921 was effectively negotiated and signed in the studio; and what a
legacy of portraiture.
I would be greatly interested to
know if you have any information on their short period working together
in the same studio and also if there are any Sargent portraits of the magnificent
When I get around to a Lavery site,
I wonder could I contact you for some basic guidance. Really and
truly a great presentation. Bravo!
I've checked with more than a half
dozen books and I'm not finding anything in regards to JSS sharing a studio
with Lavery. In fact Charteris' biography mentions Lavery only twice --
pp. 90, 91. The first is in regards to the New
English Art Club (NEAC) which John helped start along with 50 other
young artists, among them was John Lavery. The second is about Lavery joining
the Scottish "Glasgow School" in 1884 which was a movement similar to the
Olsons biography mentions Lavery
twice as well pp. 193, and 270. The first is in regards to equals of JSS
as a portraitist. Out of his contemporaries Olson says that Lavery wasn't
quite on JSS' level -- at least in popularity. The second reference was
about the sale of JSS' work after his death. Christies held the auction
of some 237 of his oils and watercolors along with some of JSS' own personal
collection of paintings that he had himself collected which included:
Abbey, Brabazon, de Glehn,
Helleu, John Parsons, Rodin, Tiepolo, Besnard, Boldini, Carolus, Corot,
MacEvoy, Lavery, Mancini, Monet, Pryde, Steer, and his much admired Annie
Swynnertons all moved over to King Street turning his private collection
into an open exhibition. The viewing-days were a crowded social occasion.
There was only two studios that I know
of. One on Tite
Street where he lived and another on Fulham
Road. I can't find any reference to a studio ever used on Cromwell
Place. It might be possible that JSS used Lavery's studio for one particular
portrait but I'm not finding anything that links the two of them together
for any project or period of time other than just socially knowing each
other since they both were in London.
Nor am I finding any referance to
a portrait done of Hazel Lavery. [This was prior to Matt Davies sending
me the "mug".]
The next time you're at 5 Cromwell
Place in London why don't you see if they don't have something that can
document JSS and Lavery together and I would love to hear from you if you
From: Terry Browne
Thank you very much for the info.
on the Lavery connection.
I did find to-day that JSS in 1923
did a charchoal sketch of Hazel entitled 'Hazel, Lady Lavery' [the "mug"
above]. It is part of the collection of National Gallery of Ireland;
inscribed and signed "To Hazel Lavery l'echange amical / /John S. Sargent
1923". The Sargent sketch done when Hazel was 43 is said to be a
more realistic representation than her husband's more iconic interpretations
Rose]. The sketch was a gift from Sargent to Hazel, unfortunately
we do not know what the reciprocal gift was in this "friendly exchange".
*source biography: Hazel -
A Life of Lady Lavery by Sinead McCoole, Lilliput Press 1996.
Cromwell Place Studio
No new information yet but I will
advise shortly. I still think they shared for a while. There
is a reference in Hazel's biography (above) that "JSS found the lease too
expensive" (p.41) ref: Morris MS, p.54.
I will make enquiries with biographer
and advise further.
Subject: Did Lavery and Sargent
From: Adrian Lissamore
<LIS SAMO RE3@AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003
Did Sir John Lavery and JSS share
Particularly interested in whether
JSS ever painted Mary Auras,Nora Johnson, or
I know he painted Hazel on at least