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Maria, Lady Callcott

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Maria, Lady Callcott, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1819 -NPG 954 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Maria, Lady Callcott

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
23 1/2 in. x 19 1/2 in. (597 mm x 495 mm)
NPG 954

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According to a privately printed catalogue of Lady Eastlake's pictures (copy in V & A Museum library) the portrait was painted in Rome, 'the work of two hours'. Lady Eastlake's nephew, C. Eastlake Smith, said that Sir Charles Eastlake was present during the two hours it was being painted; he was under the impression it was done for a wager but another nephew, Charles Eastlake, said he knew of no confirmation of this (several letters in NPG archive). A crude copy of the head only was offered to the NPG in 1930.

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Head only, looking left in a white turban; brown eyes, black hair, fresh complexion; unfinished below the neck.

Provenanceback to top

Sir Charles Eastlake and bequeathed by Lady Eastlake 1894.

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'The Masque of Beauty' NPG 1972 (32); Arts Council 'British Portraits', Museum of Western Art, Tokyo 1975 (41).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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