To Frame a Painter

A society portraitist who emigrated to Britain from Hungary found himself embroiled in a drama of divided loyalties during the First World War. 

De László in his London studio, 1937.
De László in his London studio, 1937, de László Archive © de László Foundation. By kind permission of The de László Archive Trust: 

The ‘spy fever’ generated by the First World War placed many of Europe’s immigrant communities under suspicion. In Berlin, the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914 was marked by lawless demonstrations against foreigners: the British Embassy was attacked, British subjects were locked up in Spandau and a great ‘spy excitement’ resulted in rumours about the poisoning of wells and lakes. 

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