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Thomas Lawrence
Mary Isabella Bloxum

1837

$335

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An original hand-colored stipple engraving on wove paper after English artist Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) engraved by English artist John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) titled "Mary Isabella Bloxum", 1837. A stipple engraving is an engraving process where instead of carving or scraping from the plate, Lewis "dotted" to create the image. Sheet size: 13.5" x 10.25". Image size: 11" x 9". Some light toning to sheet associated with age. In overall good condition. Sir Thomas Lawrence (13 April 1769 – 7 January 1830) was a leading English portrait painter and 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 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. John Frederick Lewis RA (London 14 July 1804 – 15 August 1876) was an Orientalist English painter. He specialized in Oriental and Mediterranean scenes in exquisitely detailed watercolour or oils. Lewis lived for several years in a traditional mansion in Cairo, and after his return to England in 1851 he specialized in highly detailed works showing both realistic genre scenes of Middle Eastern life and more idealized scenes in upper class Egyptian interiors with no traces of Western cultural influence yet apparent. His very careful and loving representation of Islamic architecture, furnishings, screens, and costumes set new standards of realism, which influenced other artists, including the leading French Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme in his later works. Unlike many other Orientalist painters who took a salacious interest in the women of the Middle East, he "never painted a nude", and his wife modelled for several of his harem scenes. These, with the rare examples by the classicist painter Lord Leighton, imagine "the harem as a place of almost English domesticity, ... [where]... women's fully clothed respectability suggests a moral healthiness to go with their natural good looks".

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  • Artist
    Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830, British)
  • Creation Year
    1837
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.5 in. (34.29 cm)Width: 10.25 in. (26.04 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12122759963

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