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Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry

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Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1812 - NPG 6171 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1812
56 1/2 in. x 46 3/8 in. (1435 mm x 1180 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 1992
Primary Collection
NPG 6171


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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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In this painting Lawrence has created the ultimate Romantic military icon: a dashing cavalry officer in Hussar's uniform. He is depicted here with brilliance and swagger, wearing his Hussar uniform and the Peninsular Medal which he was awarded after the Battle of Talavera (1809). The painter and his subject were close friends and this portrait was thought to be Lawrence's best by the contemporary commentator Joseph Farrington. Its martial vitality anticipated the heroic air of the celebrated series of allied commanders Lawrence was to paint for the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor from 1814. The portrait was a turning point in Lawrence's career. In 1814, Stewart sent a print of it to the Prince Regent. The royal patronage that followed included a series of heroic portraits of the allied leaders involved in defeating Napoleon. Lawrence later acknowledged that Stewart's introduction 'led to all subsequent distinctions in my profession'.

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  • NPG D37415: Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (source portrait)
  • NPG D3609: Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (source portrait)
  • NPG D37416: Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (source portrait)

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