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'Painting by Sir John Lavery for Mrs. McEnery, Kilmoganny' is the catalogue title for this shot from the Poole Collection. Featuring a dog allowing itself to be held by a young lady it looks a really lovely portrait. I am no dog expert but it appears to me to be a Pekinese which would have been quite uncommon at that time. Who is the subject and can we date the painting itself?

Based on inputs from Niall McAuley, BeachcomberAustralia, and sharon.corbet the general consensus is Sir John Lavery painted this in the 1910s. If so it could well be a portrait of his step-daughter Alice Trudeau (born c.1904), and she later commissioned a copy herself, as Mrs. McEnery. Some time after he marriage to a Jack McEnery in 1930. Seems imminently plausible to us Marys.....


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Original painting perhaps c.1910s (Alice as child). Copy likely after c.1930 (Alice marries)

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 4298

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:00:22

    There were 10 McEnerys in Kilmaganny Co. Kilkenny in the 1911 census. Mrs. Margaret McEnery had at least 6 daughters, census does not record a little dog.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:06:03

    Sir John Lavery, the artist, had an interesting life - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lavery

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:12:46

    Here is Rossenara House at the NIAH.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:15:04

    Per wikipedia: Sir John Lavery, the Irish artist celebrated for his portraits and related to the McEnerys through marriage, resided at Rossenarra during the last few years of his life and died there on 10 January 1941

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    domenico milella

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:22:29

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album

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    sharon.corbet

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:28:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The wiki article also mentions: with her he had one step-daughter, Alice Trudeau (Mrs. Jack McEnery).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:36:34

    So Lavery's 2nd wife Hazel had a daughter Alice who married Jack McEnery. Jack is presumably the 17 year old John in the 1911 census, so we are some years after that.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:37:16

    [I am getting confused] Does this help with something? - "The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen" onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/objects/3099/the-arti... Ed. Flickr is sometimes amazing - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/jessi1126/12198300734/]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:42:35

    On Alice's wedding: The March 5, 1930 New York Times, covered her wedding in Cannes, France, so we are probably after that.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:45:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] The little one in that pic is Alice, who grows up and marries Jack, which is how Lavery meets the McEnerys.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 08:52:55

    In 1941 Alice's uncle wrote to her: I was indeed terribly interested to hear what a large family you have raised and how well they are divided as regards boys and girls. Children: Martyn, Mary, Robin and Jacqueline McEnery Could this be Mary, aged perhaps 9?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 09:04:51

    Or is it Alice, here shown in 1919 aged 15?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 14:42:30

    "John painted a wonderful painting of Alice, Jack and the family in Rossenarra House. Kilmoganny in 1935"

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    DannyM8

    • 16/Oct/2018 15:12:00

    A photograph of a painting of Dog, Is better than no Dog at all!!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 16/Oct/2018 15:14:48

    I am going to guess that this is Alice, painted by Lavery when she was young. Many years later, Alice (now Mrs. McEnery) has Poole photograph the painting.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Oct/2018 20:53:01

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I think you may be right. Odd that there is no frame. It would be good to see the portrait in colour ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 16/Oct/2018 21:08:06

    Alice Trudeau in The Peerage (she married again in 1963) - www.thepeerage.com/p62004.htm#i620039 Sir John Lavery - www.thepeerage.com/p41357.htm#i413561

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Oct/2018 16:57:10

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia], [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley], and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]! That seems like an imminently plausible theory to me. I've updated the description/date/etc to reflect. And updated the map to pin the location to the Poole studio on the Mall...