Sir John Lavery

The Dutch Cocoa House at the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1888 (1888)

About this artwork

Lavery recorded the light interior and lofty proportions of the Dutch House with some visitors to the Glasgow International exhibition enjoying a hot drink. The house, erected by the world-renowned cocoa manufacturers Van Hoeten and Son, of Weesp near Amsterdam, was close to the exhibition's grand entrance. The exhibition, which celebrated Glasgow's industrial, commercial and cultural status, was intended to fund the new art gallery and museum in Kelvingrove park and a new school of art. Lavery became the exhibition's informal artist-in-residence, producing over fifty oil paintings of different themes which culminated in a civic commission to record Queen Victoria's visit.

  • title: The Dutch Cocoa House at the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1888
  • accession number: NG 2431
  • artist: Sir John LaveryIrish (1856 - 1941)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Interior Food and drink
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1888
  • measurements: 45.80 x 35.70 cm (framed: 76.00 x 65.80 x 6.40 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with the aid of the Barrogill Keith Bequest Fund 1985
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Sir John Lavery

Sir John Lavery

Lavery rose to prominence as a painter of society portraits and contemporary scenes during the Glasgow International Festival of 1888. His determination to paint led him from his native Ireland to Glasgow where he tinted photographs to finance his art classes. He studied in London and Paris, returning to Glasgow in 1885. Lavery befriended the artists known as the Glasgow Boys, with whom he shared an interest in subjects from modern life. He enjoyed great success after his move to London in 1896, where he combined his talents as a portrait painter with an interest in contemporary events. Lavery was knighted in 1918.