(née Oonagh Guinness)
Oil on Canvas
133.5 x 99 cm (52 ½ x 39 in)
Signed and dated l.l. de László 1931
The sitter, the Hon. Mrs. Philip Leyland Kindersley, was born Miss Oonagh Guinness in 1910, one of three daughters of the Hon.The sitter, the Hon. Mrs. Philip Leyland Kindersley, was born Miss Oonagh Guinness in 1910, one of three daughters of the Hon. Arthur Ernest Guinness (the other two being Aileen, the Hon. Mrs. Brinsley Sheridan Bushe Plunket, and Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava). As the sisters grew up they became well-known society beauties, and were collectively referred to as “the Golden Guinness Girls.” She married the Hon. Philip Leyland Kindersley on June 24, 1929; they divorced in 1935 after the birth of two children. On April 29, 1936, she married Dominick Geoffrey Edward Browne, fourth Lord Oranmore and Browne. They had three children and were divorced in 1950. She married Miguel Ferrars in 1957, and died in August 1995.
“Mrs. Philip Kindersley, in her white frills, blue sash, and big hat reminiscent of Reynolds’ childhood studies.” (Daily Telegraph, June 21, 1933)
“The irresistible lure of feminine beauty in its various manifestations finds consistent expression in the sumptuous portraits of ‘The Countess Howe,’ ‘Senora La Marquesa del Merito,’ ‘Mrs. Philip Kindersley,’ and ‘The Marchesa Marconi.’” (The Daily Mail, June 21, 1933)
“I liked the one of Mrs. Kindersley (it looks different, seen on the wall of a picture gallery, from its usual aspect in her drawing-room).” (Evening News, June 23, 1933)
Special thanks to Matt Davies, from Kansas City, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for the link and information to this painting.
Le Bulletin de L’Art Ancien et Moderne, no. 780 (July/Aug. 1931), p. 316 (B&W); The Illustrated London News, June 24, 1933 (B&W); Adrian Bury, “The Art of Philip de László: An Appreciation,” Apollo, July 1933, p. 21 (B&W); Woman’s Journal, January 1935, cover (color)
N.P.G. Album 1931, p.11 (Mrs. Philip Kindersley); The Daily Telegraph, June 21, 1933; The Daily Mail, June 21, 1933; Evening News, June 23, 1933
Sitters Book Vol. II p. 68 Oonagh Kindersley April 17th 1931
Hotel Jean Charpentier, Paris, Exposition P. A. de László, June 1931; M. Knoedler & Co., London, Portraits by Philip A. de László, M.V.O.: Loan Exhibition Held in Aid of The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution, June 21st to July 22nd, 1933, no. 23.
By family descent to the present owner; offered for sale by Christopher Wood Gallery, April 2005.
By: Natasha Wallace
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