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Thomas Lawrence (attr.)
Thomas Lawrence Self Portrait 17th century pencil paper

late 17th



This small sketch, pencil on paper, can be attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence, as also reported in the label on the frame (Sir Thomas Lawrence Painter of the Royal Academy). Due to resemblances with his physiognomy, we can suppose it's a self-portrait. Sir Thomas Lawrence was a leading English portrait painter and the fourth president of the Royal Academy. Lawrence was a child prodigy. He was born in Bristol and began drawing in Devizes, where his father was an innkeeper at the Bear Hotel in the Market Square. At the age of ten, having moved to Bath, he was supporting his family with his pastel portraits. At eighteen he went to London and soon established his reputation as a portrait painter in oils, receiving his first royal commission, a portrait of Queen Charlotte, in 1790. He stayed at the top of his profession until his death, aged 60, in 1830. 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.


  • Creator
    Thomas Lawrence (attr.)
  • Creation Year
    late 17th
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.8 in. (32.5 cm)Width: 11.03 in. (28 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Florence, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU124026691212

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