Philip de László – Master of Elegance


Published by The de Laszlo Archive Trust, to accompany the Exhibition Philip de Laszlo – Master of Elegance at Gainsborough’s House, in The Timothy and Mary Clode Gallery from 23rd March – 23rd April.

Catalogue by Katherine Field

Essays by: Katherine Field, Sandra de Laszlo and Geoffrey Munn

164 Pages with Coloured Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-946511-70-9


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The story of Philip de László is as colourful and remarkable as his pictures. Born to a humble family in Budapest in 1869, his rich and revealing portraits were soon winning accolades and awards across Europe. He married Lucy Guinness of the distinguished banking branch of the brewing family, moved to London, was knighted by King Edward VII and ennobled by Emperor Franz Josef (in his role as King of Hungary), and in 1914 became a British citizen – although that did not prevent him from being interned for a year during the First World War.

By the time of his death in 1937, de László was recognised as one of the world’s foremost portrait painters, an artist who was able to depict any sitter, from society beauties to monarchs, scientists to soldiers, with brilliance and verve, and who could bestow a touch of glamour and elegance on even the most modest of subjects. His works reflected an age in which the unequivocal display of success, luxury and fortune was able to be less ambiguously expressed than it is today, while his art represented the climax of a tradition of outstanding portraiture stretching back to Sargent, Lawrence, Gainsborough and Van Dyck.

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Gainsborough's House

Gainsborough's House is in the heart of Suffolk, in Sudbury, and the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough – one of the great figures of British and World Art history, renowned not only in his advancement of portraiture to a higher level but also in being one of the founders of the British School of landscape painting.
A bricked Georgian Grade-I listed house with an intimate walled garden featuring a 400 year old Mulberry Tree, in 2019, the Gainsborough’s House Society received an investment of £10m to upgrade and ‘revive the artist’s birthplace’. On 21 November 2022, the museum re-opened to the public after a transformational refurbishment. The museum is the international centre for Thomas Gainsborough and is now the largest gallery in Suffolk.

Visitors can view the family house, the new gallery spaces, examples of Gainsborough’s work, alongside specialist exhibitions and the famed garden and Mulberry Tree dating to the early 1600s. The space also has a cafe and visitor’s shop.

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