Old woman seated in rowboat as young woman stands on stern guiding the boat with a paddle
John Lavery (1856-1941), Return from Market (detail), 1884. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.Credit

Online Talk

Online Talk: Lavery as artist-traveller

06 May 18.00 - 19.00

Online via ZOOM

Full price: €10

Discounts available for over 65s, jobseekers, students and members of the Friends


Join Professor Kenneth McConkey for this online talk examining one of the most significant Irish artists of his time. 

Although we cannot travel long distances right now, we can still enjoy the vicarious thrill of experiencing far-flung places and warmer climes by looking at the work of Sir John Lavery via ZOOM.

Three of Lavery’s works which have been added to the Gallery’s permanent collection in the past decade feature in the exhibition New Perspectives: Acquisitions 2011-2020, which is planned for this summer. One of these works, Her First Communion, was purchased with the generous support of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Raised in Northern Ireland, and starting his professional life in Glasgow, Lavery travelled to France early in his career, later going further afield to north Africa. His permanent home was in London, but his travels allowed him to experience different cultures and to widen his circle of friends and patrons.

Professor Kenneth McConkey is Emeritus Professor in Art History at the Leverhulme Trust. Specialising in British art 1880-1920, he is considered to be one of the leading experts in the world on the life and work of Sir John Lavery.

Please note: this is an online event via ZOOM. A receipt will be sent after purchase, and a ZOOM link will be sent via email to all ticket holders the day before the event.

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