The Works of Sir Thomas Lawrence

I never knew I liked the work of artist Sir Thomas Lawrence until I met Jane. Jane is a portrait of Jane Fraser by the way. Bet some of you remembered though 😉

Though, in a way that’s not strictly true, you see our Jane is a copy after Lawrence, the original is in the USA. See my previous post, and those of you in Philadelphia – demand that she is released from storage immediately! Unless you know where to look Jane is incorrectly catalogued and rather hard to find…

Anyhow, I’ve been reading more historical fiction lately, hah! Can’t even break the habit then can I? The good news is that it’s Regency set, so I’m a having a short Victorian diversion. Though, I digress, this piece does have a point in it somewhere. I realised whilst reading one of the books, that the rather attractive cover has a lady by Lawrence on it. To be exact, Margaret, Countess of Blessington which I’m told is in the Wallace Collection, London. So, what better thing to do (and avoid Raeburn for a change) than to drool over some more?

Sir Thomas (1769-1830) apparently was a child prodigy (funnily enough so was Millais) who succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as a very sought after court portrait painter. His paintings, I think, encapsulate the Regency age. He is also well known for his portrait of George IV, and his mother Queen Charlotte among others. Both of these are still in the Royal Collection.  There are many of his paintings that remain famous today, and you’d probably recognise.  It’s funny actually, but I wonder how long he took to paint the portraits on average? He took ages to finish Jane’s and had to be hurried along eventually!

Here are a few of my favourites (sorry, I left the menfolk out, I like these best!) Margaret, Countess of Blessington (Wallace Collection), Elizabeth, Countess of Grosvenor (not sure who owns this one email me if you know please), Julia, Lady Peel (Frick Collection) and of course, Mrs Jane Fraser (Philadelphia Museum of Art). I could have gone on forever…

Damn, I want to buy this book now…

6 thoughts on “The Works of Sir Thomas Lawrence

  1. Very elegant ladies you have here. I don’t blame you for not having the men faves. I’ll have to look through our family albums and find some family American ladies of that era to show. They did OK too. :-)

  2. I’m sure they did Jim, I haven’t managed to seize upon an American artist of this period, though I’m sure I will at some stage…they’ll just have to catch my eye!

  3. Hi, I have the exact portrait in color of Elizabeth Countess Grosvenor shown and I think it may be signed Th. Lawrence. I purchased it about 35 years ago in an antique store because I loved the beautiful face. It is framed with elegant fabric matting in an antique frame. The frame shows some wear but the portrait itself and matting are in excellent condition. I am wondering what the value might be and don’t know how to go about getting that information. Any help would be appreciated. I can email you a digital photo if you would like. Thank you.

    • How lucky you are Helen! Although, I’m sure you’ve already seen, it is possible to find information about the owner of the particular Lawrence online. There have been occasions though, where artists have produced several copies of a particular painting, so never say never.

      Personally, I would take the painting to my local Auction house or art museum and have an expert take a look at it. If you can’t do this straight away, then maybe you could do some research at a library, there may be some information in a book about Lawrence or catalogue of his work which might mention if there was more than one copy made. Hope this helps.

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