Lady Evelyn Farquhar by Sir John Lavery


Lady Evelyn Farquhar


Sir John Lavery

Ref GM1187
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 31" (50 x 79 cm)
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Lady Evelyn Farquhar was the daughter of the fifth Earl of Donoughmore. The Donoughmores were Irish landowners with estates in Kilkenny and the title was created in 1880. The fifth Earl, the sitter’s father, was a supporter of Home Rule for Ireland and spoke on its behalf in the House of Lords in 1893, following the demise of Parnell. Evelyn married Captain Francis Douglas Farquhar in April 1905. In the following summer, after the birth of their daughter Norah, Captain Farquhar commissioned this portrait of his wife. In staging the portrait sittings for Lady Evelyn, Lavery deliberately simplified. A giltwood bergere and side table with white flowers were placed against a neutral backdrop. No engaging clutter detracted from the radiant presence of the sitter. She sits in the edge of the chair, confidently engaging the spectator and holding a pale blue sunshade which picks out the ribbon detail of her silk and chiffon dress. A plumed hat with a dark veil of the type made famous by ‘Gibson’ girls, frames the face and suggests the young woman had a sophisticated fashion sense.