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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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George Canning

by and published by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 20 July 1827
NPG D19677

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Napoléon II, Duke of Reichstadt

by Augustus Fox, published by William Pickering, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 28 September 1830
NPG D15994

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Sir Thomas Lawrence

by Samuel Cousins, published by Walter Benjamin Tiffin, published by Rittner and Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 22 April 1830
NPG D20071

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Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

by and published by William Say, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1831 (1812)
NPG D11339

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Prince Hoare

by and published by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 25 July 1831
NPG D20456

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Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

by John Henry Robinson, published by Harding & Lepard, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple and line engraving, published 1 December 1836
NPG D20222

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William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

by Edward McInnes, published by Hodgson & Graves, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1 November 1839 (circa 1805)
NPG D20159

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Sir Samuel Shepherd

by John Richardson Jackson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1846
NPG D5962


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