Art: Fiery & Silvery

Handsome, well-born John Lavalle was planning to become a portrait painter in 1917 when the War changed his plans and he became instead a commanding first lieutenant in the same air squadron with a New Yorker named Fiorello LaGuardia. After the War, what with having four handsome children, the death of his first wife and his marriage to a pretty, high-strung daughter of the Cincinnati tobacco Wilsons, he developed his art career slowly. Last week at the age of 38, he finally got 26 able portraits up on the walls of Manhattan's Grand Central...

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