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Sir John Lavery, 1856–1941
Woman in Japanese Dress
Former Title(s):
Woman Seated in an Interior
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
11 × 8 3/8 inches (27.9 × 21.3 cm), Frame: 16 5/8 × 14 × 1 1/2 inches (42.2 × 35.6 × 3.8 cm)

Inscribed, lower left: "TO MISS W-A-GREZ/ J LAVERY 83"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
basket | brushstrokes | costume | fan | figure study | furniture | hairpiece | Japanese | Japonism | kimono | music | piano | portrait | shawls | woman
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Painted shortly after his arrival in France, Woman in Japanese Dress reflects the vogue for Japonisme then sweeping Europe. Coined in 1872 by the French critic and collector Philippe Burty, the term broadly designates enthusiasm for all things Japanese, following the opening of Japan to Western trade with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854. Indeed, the same year this picture was painted an enormous exhibition of Japanese art was held at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris and the first Salon annuel des peintres japonais was launched at the Palais de l’Industrie. John Lavery’s painting particularly suggests the influence of Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), which often depicted attractive young women dressed in the latest fashions.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Art in Focus : Blue (Yale Center for British Art, 2019-04-05 - 2019-08-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 (Royal Academy of Arts, 2010-10-30 - 2011-01-23) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 (Culture and Sport Glasgow, 2010-04-09 - 2010-09-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Figuring Women - The Female in Modern British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-03-28 - 2008-06-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Art and Music in Britain: Four Encounters, 1730-1900 (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-10-05 - 2006-12-31) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Timothy J. Barringer, Art & music in Britain : four encounters, 1730-1900, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2006, pp. 30-31, 34, V 1699 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Roger Billcliffe, Pioneering painters, the Glasgow boys , Glasgow : Culture and Sport Glasgow (Organization), 2010, pp.88-89,125,148, no. 115, ND 481 G5 B56 2010 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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