The new exhibition opening of the works of Sir Thomas Lawrence and the subsequent blog reviews have introduced me to his paintings. I had heard of him before but never really investigated who he was. When I first looked at some of his paintings especially this detail of his portrait of Queen Charlotte I was captivated at once.
I have recently become more interested in portrait painting and it is inspiring to see these paintings of one of the greatest portrait painters of the UK and certainly the greatest of his time.
Elisabeth Farren, Later Countess of DerbyFrom what I have just read of Sir Thomas Lawrence he was a child prodigy and his father exploited his talent and his family even lived off the profits of the 11 year old boy for a time. This child hood experience my be one of the reasons, indirectly, why the painter courted the patronage of the rich and wealthy and painted rich shows of power and money, even being called the chocolate box painter.
Lady Constance CarruthersThomas Lawrence was a self taught artist and used pastel allot and was an excellent draughtsman.
The Calmady Children 1824
Duke of Wellington