First Lord Manton signed, inscribed and dated 'FIRST/LORD MANTON/BY/JOHN LAVERY/1922' (verso) oil on canvas 74 x 61 cm. (29 x 24 in.)
PROVENANCE: The artist Thence by descent to Lady Ann Sempill Her sale; Christie's May 1966 Private Collection, Texas, U.S.A.
Leeds soap millionaire Joseph Watson - was created a peer, as Baron Manton (the First Lord Manton), in January 1922. The present example was painted during this period, obviously as a commemorative work. Unfortunately, he died in the hunting field less than two months later - was a successful racehorse owner, and bought the famous Manton stables and gallops near Marlborough, in Wiltshire.