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Samuel Laurence (1812-1884), Portrait painter

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 33 portraits
Lawrence first exhibited his work in London at the Society of British Artists, based on Suffolk Street, in 1834, and in 1836 he sent three portraits to the Royal Academy. Early in life he became closely associated with the Victorian literati, and he was to draw and paint most of the writers and thinkers of his day many times. He hosted his own literary circle in the 1840s, the Bohemian Phalanstery, which involved eminent journalist Thornton Leigh Hunt. Laurence ceased to exhibit at Suffolk Street in 1853, but his works continued to appear regularly at the Royal Academy until 1882.

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James Henry Leigh Hunt

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1837
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2508


Charles Dickens

by Samuel Laurence
chalk, 1838
NPG 5207


Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

by Samuel Laurence, and Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1840
NPG 2460


Unknown man

by Samuel Laurence
chalk and pencil
NPG 2434


Unknown man

by Samuel Laurence
chalk and pencil
NPG 2435


Richard Chenevix Trench

by Samuel Laurence
chalk, circa 1841
NPG 1685


Sir (Jonathan) Frederick Pollock, 1st Bt

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, exhibited 1842
NPG 758


Charles Babbage

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, 1845
NPG 414


James Kenney

by Samuel Laurence
chalk, circa 1845
NPG 4263


Sir Thomas Bourchier

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, 1846
NPG 720


Jane Baillie Carlyle (née Welsh)

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1852
NPG 1175


Jane Baillie Carlyle (née Welsh)

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling, after a painting by Samuel Laurence
salt print, circa 1852 (circa 1851)
NPG P171(1)


William Makepeace Thackeray

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1864 (1862)
NPG 725


Sir (Jonathan) Frederick Pollock, 1st Bt

by Samuel Laurence
black and white chalk, 1863
NPG 732


Anthony Trollope

by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1864
NPG 1680


Sir Henry Cole

by Samuel Laurence
chalk, 1865
NPG 1698

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