Philip Alexius de László (British, 1869-1937) Portrait of Audrey Winifred Radcliffe Battine, wife of Oswald James Battine
Lot 134W
Philip Alexius de László
(British, 1869-1937)
Portrait of Audrey Winifred Radcliffe Battine, wife of Oswald James Battine
Sold for £96,100 (US$ 163,292) inc. premium
Lot Details
Philip Alexius de László (British, 1869-1937)
Portrait of Audrey Winifred Radcliffe Battine, wife of Oswald James Battine
signed and dated 'de Laszlo./1935.X.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
116 x 92cm (45 11/16 x 36 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    By direct descent from the sitter

    Literature
    Laib L19509 (507) / C2 (22a)
    NPG Album 1935, p. 34
    Sitters' Book II, f. 85: Audrey Battine Oct. 3rd 1935

    This portrait was commissioned in July 1935 and Mrs Battine made two visits to de László's studio at 3 Fitzjohn's Avenue in London to decide on the composition and style of frame for her portrait. Sittings began 24 September 1935 and de László clearly relished the commission, recording his impressions of the sitter in his diary: "very interesting, attractive, strange & inspiring. Very beautiful figure, slender & distinguished, deep black hear [sic, i.e. "hair"] & eyes...I will be able to do something to my liking."

    Mrs Battine chose to be painted in a gown of chiffon lamé shot with gold by the House of Worth. Eleven sittings were required before the picture was completed on 17 October, indicating de László took great care to produce an excellent likeness and elegant composition. The price paid for the portrait was 900 guineas.

    Audrey Winifred Radcliffe Magee was born 15 May 1904, the daughter of Joseph Magee, owner of the Magee-Marshall Brewery, based in Bolton, Lancashire, and his wife Annie Marshall. She married 14 August 1926, Oswald James Battine (1905-1938) at St George's, Hanover Square. Mrs Battine succeeded her mother as Chairman of the Magee-Marshall Brewery in 1951. It was then the largest private brewery in existence at the time. She died 12 December 1965, leaving a considerable estate.

    We are grateful to Katherine Field for writing the catalogue entry for this lot, which will be included in the Philip de László catalogue raisonné, currently presented in progress online: www.delaszlocatalogueraisonne.com

    The Hon. Mrs de Laszlo and a team of editors are compiling the catalogue raisonné of the artist's entire oeuvre. Katherine Field is the British and North American Editor. Please see www.delaszloarchivetrust.com or contact catalogue@delaszlo.com for more information or to offer any contribution.
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