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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: Eileen as 'The White Queen'.

Caption:
Eileen as 'The White Queen'.
Artist:
Lavery, John
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Chromolithography
Author:
Anon.
Title of Publication:
Princess Marie-José's children's book
Publisher:
Cassell and Company Ltd.
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1916
Curator Comment:
'Princess Marie-José's Childrens Book' was published in the middle of the First World War to raise funds for the Vestiaire Marie-José, a society for 'providing milk, food and clothes to the babies behind the firing line in Flanders'. Many leading artists, poets and writers of the day contributed to it. Princess Marie-José (1906-2001) was a daughter of the King of the Belgians and, for a month in 1946, the last Queen of Italy. Eileen is presumably Lavery's daughter of that name (1890-1935) by his first wife, Kathleen MacDermott. She is shown as the character in Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass'; beside her is a small figure of the White King. As she was 26 in 1916 it must have been painted many years earlier. In 1919 she married the air pioneer and traitor, Lord Sempill.
Note on artwork:
A girl in white costume, wearing a crown and holding a sceptre, is seen against a plain background. This colour reproduction is of a rather sketchy work which may not have been prepared specifically for this book (see curator's comments below).
References:
ODNB online, DIB online, Grove Art online.


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