Artwork - David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor

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  • Title: David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor
  • Artist: Philip Alexius de Laszlo
  • Date: 1931--
  • Medium: Oil painting
  • Dimensions: 101.6cm (h) x 76.2cm (w) x - (d) x - (dia)
  • Categories: Portraits
  • Catalogue number: WOA 2933
  • Description: De Laszlo painted two images of Lloyd George in this year the more formal portrait is in the Collection of Lord Devonport. Lord Dawson of Penn remarked at the time, that \'it was a perfect study of a man with the complaint from which Mr. Lloyd George was suffering at the time, and that only a great artist could have discovered what was invisible to others..\' Lloyd George finally died of cancer in 1945.

    On asked what made a portrait great de Laszlo replied:\' Sympathy between the artist and his sitter is essential, because the truly great portrait is the one in which this contact has been so close that it has spurred the artist to his highest achievement....When the opportunity is afforded him to look into the mind and soul of his subject he can, if he is equal to his task, produce a portrait in which everyone will be able not only to recognize the physical features of the sitter, but to perceive also the deeper-lying qualities by which he is distinguished. That would be what I should call a great portrait.\'

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