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John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence

John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence, by George Frederic Watts, 1862 -NPG 1005 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Laird Mair Lawrence, 1st Baron Lawrence

by George Frederic Watts
24 1/2 in. x 19 7/8 in. (622 mm x 505 mm)
NPG 1005

Inscriptionback to top

Signed and dated (bottom right): G.F.W./1862

This portraitback to top

There are three replicas of this portrait; one in the collection of David Loshak; another in the collection of Mrs M. Chapman, dated 1879, exhibited The Works of G. F. Watts, Winter Exhibition, New Gallery, 1896-7; and the third at Calcutta. Watts used the NPG portrait for the face of the Earl of Salisbury in the fresco, 'Justice, a Hemicycle of Lawgivers', in the New Hall of Lincoln's Inn (1853-9). A copy by W. M. Loudan is in the East India and Sports Club, London.

Referenceback to top

Jessen 1901
J. Jessen, George Frederick Watts (Berlin, 1901), p 67.

Macmillan 1903
H. Macmillan, Life-Work of George Frederick Watts, RA (1903), p 84.

Phythian 1906
J. E. Phythian, George Frederick Watts (1906), p 164.

Sketchley 1904
R. E. D. Sketchley, Watts (1904), pp 75-8.

'Catalogue of Works by G. F. Watts', compiled by Mrs M. S. Watts (MS, Watts Gallery, Compton), II, 88.

Physical descriptionback to top

Dark flesh tones, blue(?) eyes, greyish hair and moustache. Dressed in a white shirt and indistinguishable brown coat. Green pillar behind left. Rest of background, dark greyish-blue sky.

Provenanceback to top

The artist, presented by him, 1895.

Exhibitionsback to top

Paris, 1878; Collection of the Works of G. F. Watts, Grosvenor Gallery, 1882 (59); Paintings by G. F. Watts, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1884-5 (92); Art Exhibition at the Inauguration of the Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1885-6 (158); Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, 1887, 'Fine Art Section' (456); Rugby, 1888; VE, 1892 (23); Munich, 1893; Oldham, 1894; George Frederick Watts (1906), p 164; 'Catalogue of Works by G. F. Watts', compiled by Mrs M. S. Watts (MS, Watts Gallery, Compton), II, 88.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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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