Sir John Lavery, RA RHA RSA PRP HROI LLB (1856-1941)
Head and shoulders portrait of Jane Lavery in green, with plumed hat signed, inscribed and dated 1876 and 1935, signed and inscribed verso, oil on canvasboard, 50 x 35cm (20 x 14ins)
Literature : McConkey, K, 'Sir John Lavery', Edinburgh, 1993, pp16; ill plate 4, pp15 Note : Inscribed verso as follows, in the artist's hand : "This is a posthumous portrait of my only sister - she was driven mad because of her terror of bearing more children added to the fact that when she was in great distress and at her wits end I refused to help her, she rose from the side of her husband in the early hours of the morning and threw herself over the Stockwell Street Bridge, Glasgow, when she was about 22 years of age. Remorse comes late. John Lavery, 1935."