Philip Alexius De László, portrait painter, was born in Budapest, where he studied at the School of Arts and Crafts from 1884 and at the National Academy of Arts from 1885. He later studied at the Royal Bavarian Academy of Art, Munich, before enrolling at the Academie Julian in Paris in 1890. De Laszlo exhibited widely in Europe, including at the Paris Salon. He received many international honours and commissions from royalty. He settled in England in 1907, the year his first one-man show was held at the Fine Art Society, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1911. In 1914, he became a naturalised British subject, but was interned in 1917. In 1930, he became President of the Royal Society of British Artists. He died in London in 1937.
Purchased from a Private Collection via Christie's, New York, 2019
By family descent; Woodside Priory School, California USA; Private collection; by whom sold through Sotheby’s, New York USA on 26 May 1993 (Lot 293); from which sale purchased by a Private collection; by whom sold through Christie’s, New York USA on 30 April 2019 (Lot 82); at which sale purchased by UK Government Art Collection
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