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Leopold I, King of the Belgians

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Leopold I, King of the Belgians, by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence, published 1 October 1820 - NPG D36127 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leopold I, King of the Belgians

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, published by Colnaghi & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 October 1820
15 1/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (387 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 16 7/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (428 mm x 295 mm) paper size
acquired Unknown source, 1971
Reference Collection
NPG D36127

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  • Leopold I, King of the Belgians (1790-1865), Reigned 1831-1865; husband of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; uncle of Queen Victoria. Sitter in 21 portraits.

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  • Colnaghi & Co (active 1809-1835), Publishers. Artist associated with 100 portraits.
  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
  • Frederick Christian Lewis Sr (1779-1856), Engraver and landscape painter. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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After her death Prince Leopold retained his beloved status amongst the public as Princess Charlotte's 'afflicted consort', and continued to reside at Claremont. The emotional interview that had occurred between Leopold and Sir Thomas Lawrence, when Leopold had spoken heartbrokenly of her fine qualities while examining Lawrence's portrait of his wife, led to further commissions. During his initial visit to Claremont, Lawrence had made a sketch of Leopold, and this handsome engraving most likely reproduces the eventual outcome of that study. He later depicted the prince in his full regalia after he became King Leopold I of Belgium in 1831.

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