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Elizabeth Carter

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Elizabeth Carter, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1788-1789 - NPG 28 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Carter

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
pastel on vellum, 1788-1789
13 3/4 in. x 11 5/8 in. (350 mm x 295 mm)
Purchased, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 28


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  • Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806), Scholar and writer. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.

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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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From the age of about eleven, Lawrence had supported his family by making pastel portraits in the fashionable spa town of Bath. This portrait of the Bluestocking intellectual Elizabeth Carter was, however, executed soon after he moved to London in 1787. Shown at the Royal Academy in 1790, this was one of the last pastels that Lawrence exhibited. With its easy handling and sensitivity to the age, appearance and modesty of a diffident sitter it marks the high-point of Lawrence's pastels.

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