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John Lavery was born in Belfast but was educated in Glasgow, London and Paris. He originally worked as an apprentice photographer but harboured ambitions to be a portrait artist.

He became an official war artist and eventually a chronicler of his times with paintings such as 'The Ratification of the Irish Treaty in the English House of Lords, 1921' and 'Blessing of the Colors: A Revolutionary Soldier Kneeling to the Blessed'.

His most famous work was perhaps that of his wife, Lady Lavery, 'The Red Rose' which was a painting that had a number of incarnations before it forever bore the face of the woman who was to adorn the Irish Pound note for half a century.

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