2 of 9 portraits of Samuel Lysons
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
6 in. x 5 in. (152 mm x 127 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Agnews Manchester trade label on back-board and an old ink-written label above: Samuel Lysons Esq/F.R.S. F.S.A. &c/Sketched by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
This portraitback to top
The drawing is evidently a study for Lawrence's oil now in the Center for British Art, Yale University, first mentioned in Diary of Joseph Farington, 4 April 1799, exhibited RA 1799 (137) and engraved in mezzotint by S. W. Reynolds 1804 as 'SAMUEL LYSONS ESQr F.R.S. & F.A.S. Keeper of the Records in the Tower'. An enamel miniature copy of Lawrence's oil by Henry Bone, dated July 1803, was offered to the NPG in 1961 by F. T. Sabin; Bone's drawing for this is in the NPG library (Henry Bone’s annotated pencil drawings for miniatures and enamels, III, 6).
Physical descriptionback to top
Head full-face in high collar (numerals in pencil lower right).
Provenanceback to top
Lysons family possession until sold Bruton Knowles & Co Gloucester 21 April 1887 (323) to Mrs W. E. Price; W. R. Price 1932 and his daughter Mrs Alan Davidson's sale Christie's 2 March 1976 (140) bought Morton Morris and sold by him to the NPG 5 March 1976.
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.
Read our latest news and have your say.
Identify our Silhouettes
Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.
Tell us more about our Silvy sitters
Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.
- Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance minisite
- Thomas Lawrence and picture framing
- 2019 Anniversaries
- William Hazlitt's Spirit of the Age
- Director's Trail by Nicholas Cullinan
- Party Trail
- Thomas Lawrence Portraits
- My Favourite Portrait by Jeremy Paxman
- Regency familiar faces
- 2. Lawrence at work
- Bronze sculpture founders: a short history