Portrait of a Gentleman Wearing a Dark Coat and White Stock

by / attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed)29.9 x 24.8 inches (76 x 63 cm)

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

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    Sir Thomas Lawrence was self-taught, he was a brilliant draughtsman and known for his gift of capturing a likeness, as well as his virtuoso handling of paint. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1791, a full member in 1794, and president in 1820.

    Private collection, United Kingdom

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    Sir Thomas Lawrence was a Bristolian English portrait painter and fourth president of the Royal Academy. He was a child prodigy and by the time he was 18 he had established his reputation as a portrait painter in oils, receiving his first Royal commission for Queen Charlotte in 1790.

    Self-taught, he was a brilliant draughtsman and known for his gift of capturing a likeness, as well as his virtuoso handling of paint. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1791, a full member in 1794, and president in 1820.

    In 1810 he acquired the generous patronage of the Prince Regent, was sent abroad to paint portraits of allied leaders for the Waterloo chamber at Windsor Castle, and is particularly remembered as the Romantic portraitist of the Regency.

    Lawrence’s love affairs were not happy (his tortuous relationships with Sally and Maria Siddons became the subject of several books) and, in spite of his success, he spent most of life deep in debt.

    He never married. At his death, Lawrence was the most fashionable portrait painter in Europe. His reputation waned during Victorian times, but has since been partially restored.

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