Reproduced by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd, London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery.
Hugo Swire, Chairman, said "I am delighted we have been able to persuade the Trustees of the Hugh Lane Gallery to lend us this important picture. We now have a broad representation of Churchill on show, which is only fitting for such an important Parliamentarian."
The portrait is little known. Painted in 1915 by the celebrated artist Sir John Lavery, it shows Churchill at the age of forty one when he was First Lord of the Admiralty. There was a close personal friendship between both artist and sitter, which led to Churchill sitting for Lavery on several occasions; and it was the artist's wife, Lady Lavery, who first taught Churchill how to paint.
The portrait will be on loan to the House for five years from the Dublin City Art Gallery- the Hugh Lane.
The artist Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) was a highly successful painter of portraits, genre and landscape subjects. Born in Belfast, he studied at Glasgow, London and later Paris (at the Academie Julian) where he came under the influence of Jule Bastien-Lepage and the plein-air naturalist style. He returned to Glasgow in the mid 1880's where he became one of the leaders of the Glasgow Boys. In 1888 he was commissioned to paint the State visit of Queen Victoria to the Glasgow International Exhibition which launched his career as a society painter. He was elected RA in 1921.
The portrait will be added to the display of Prime Ministerial portraits in the Committee Corridor, outside Committee Room 16.