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BOOKS / John Lavery

'The Honeymoon', 1921. Taken from 'Sir John Lavery' by Kenneth McConkey (Canongate, pounds 30). Belfast-born, Lavery is known as a Glasgow Boy and as the most 'French' of the British Impressionists. Society portraits jostle with racecourse weighing rooms and boating scenes. The author's essay is an elegant narration of the life as well as a thorough examination of the work.

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