Sir Thomas Lawrence(1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 25 portraits
Artist associated with 689 portraits
Beginning as a child prodigy working in pastels, the gifted Lawrence eventually succeeded Reynolds as Britain's greatest portrait painter, With the temperament and flair to capture the glamour of the age, Lawrence created the image of Regency high-society with dazzling brushwork and an innovative use of colour. His international reputation was ensured when the Prince Regent commissioned portraits of all the foreign leaders involved in the downfall of Napoleon. Lawrence was appointed President of the Royal Academy in 1820.
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by John Raphael Smith, published by and after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 18 June 1783
by Charles Knight, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, (circa 1791)
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