30th January 2019

Philip de László: An Anniversary Celebration at BADA Fair, 2019 Duke of York Square, Chelsea.

“Has any one painter ever before painted so many interesting and historical personages?” Lord Selborne

BADA returns to Duke of York Square from 20-26 March, and is proud to be working with The de Laszlo Archive Trust to present one of the highlights of BADA 2019, the loan exhibition Philip de László: An Anniversary Celebration.

De László was one of the most famous artists in the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is today celebrated as one of the last proponents of Grand Manner portraiture. His remarkable client list included many members of the royal and aristocratic houses of Europe, two Popes, four U.S. Presidents, and leading figures in politics, religion, society and industry. By the end of his life de László had been awarded 22 orders and 17 medals of merit by his royal sitters.

Philip de László (1869-1937) was born Fülöp Laub, the eldest son of Adolf and Johanna Laub, a Budapest tailor and seamstress. He took the Hungarian name László, as a patriotic act in 1891, and was ennobled by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1912. His talent won him a scholarship to the Hungarian National Academy of Art, and he furthered his studies in Munich and Paris.

His reputation grew steadily throughout the 1890s and in 1900 his portrait of Pope Leo XIII earned him a Grand Gold Medal at the Paris International Exhibition. That same year he married Lucy Madeleine Guinness, of the banking family, who would be the sitter for many of his most imaginative works.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of de László’s birth, the exhibition at BADA 2019 will offer a selection of masterpieces of the artist’s oeuvre, all rarely seen paintings sourced from private collections. These include commissioned portraits which established de László’s unparalleled reputation, intimate portraits of family and friends, and examples of landscapes he painted for pleasure in his later years.

Philip de László: An Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by CBC Partnership, who offer independent advice and specialist insurance for those involved in the art world, from private collectors and dealers, to museums and corporations with global reach.

BADA would also like to thank TM Lighting, art lighting specialists who will be supplying their high colour rendition LED Picture Lights to illuminate the paintings within this milestone exhibition.

TM Lighting at BADA Fair:

TM Lighting, British designer and maker of a new generation of LED Picture Lights and Accent Lights for the art world, is committed to creating an authentic viewing experience with LED in museum collections and heritage settings by being mindful of era, style and immediate context of the artwork. The artwork lighting specialist has been commissioned to illuminate the art collections in a number of historic houses and private collections and  landmarks of cultural significance that house some of the most important works of art in the world. Using its extensive range of specialist LED products, TM Lighting is able to tailor the lighting to the needs of the individual artwork, surrounding architecture and eccentricities of each historic house or collection, in order to create an entirely customised solution for each project.

The benefits of TM’s high- quality LEDs supersede those of any other light source; in addition to enhancing the visual presentation of artwork, the low-energy LED products result in improvements to the conservation of work, as well as considerable energy and cost-savings. Recent landmark historic house commissions include Historic Royal Palaces Hillsborough Castle and Hampton Court Palace, The Rothschilds Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Goodwood House, Burghley House, and Weston Park Foundation.

At BADA Fair, TM Lighting will install the TM Goodwood Picture Lights to light the paintings within the Philip de László: An Anniversary Celebration exhibition. The TM Goodwood Picture Light has been selected for its classical style, finished in gold to work with the exhibition designed in the style of a classical museum collection which will include original gilded frames and vibrant blue walls. Designed to fit seamlessly into the aesthetic of classical historic buildings, and museum collections, the TM Goodwood Picture Light includes a true colour LED module (+95 CRI), uniform light projection and a deep hood design for added glare control. The TM Goodwood Picture Light comfortably lights canvases up to 4 metres in height, from 1 to 22 watts of power, extra long lamp life – 50,000hrs (approx 15 years).

Andrew Molyneux, Co-Founder, TM Lighting, will join a panel of industry experts to judge the annual BADA Fair Stand Awards, 2019.


Images Left: Self portrait :Philip de László, 1925, oil on canvas 73.7 x 56.5cm, Courtesy of The de Laszlo Archive Trust © de Laszlo Foundation

Right: Countess Beatty, née Ethel Field, 1911, oil on board, 88.9 x 68.6 cm, Courtesy of The de Laszlo Archive Trust © de Laszlo Foundation

Further Information

BADA 2019 will be held at Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
BADA 2019 Opening Hours Wednesday 20 March 2019 11.00 – 20.00
Thursday 21 March 2019 11.00 – 20.00
Friday 22 March 2019 11.00 – 20.00
Saturday 23 March 2019 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday 24 March 2019 11.00 – 18.00
Monday 25 March 2019 11.00 – 20.00
Tuesday 26 March 2019 11.00 – 18.00 Follow BADA on Twitter and Instagram @BADA1918

About BADA

Founded in 1918, BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) is the leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques community. Its members are carefully vetted and selected for their wealth of experience, professional integrity, and the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of their stock. Many of its members are internationally recognised for their expertise and unparalleled knowledge in their chosen field of speciality.