Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830) was the pre-eminent portraitist of the Regency period, depicting monarchs, political leaders, aristocratic families, society beauties, and actresses with bravura flair. This important book explores Lawrence’s political friendships and allegiances along with his exceptional role as witness to significant historical events, and contrasts these with his remarkable ability to depict the charm and innocence of childhood. Elected President of the Royal Academy in 1820, Lawrence was instrumental in establishing the status of the artist in 19th-century Britain.
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Cassandra Albinson is Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Peter Funnell is the nineteenth-century curator at the National Portrait Gallery, where Lucy Peltz is the eighteenth-century curator.Review:
". . . this catalogue handsomely introduces Lawrence to a new generation. Insightful essays expand the book's usefulness beyond the immediate subject at hand. . . . A chronology, essay on sources, and bibliography round out this excellent volume. Highly recommended."—C.A. Hanson, Choice (C.A. Hanson Choice)
Winner of the 2011 Historians of British Art Books Prize in the Multi-Author category, as given by the Historians of British Art (Art Books Prize Historians of British Art)
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