Thomas Lawrence

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Lawrence, Thomas


Born Apr. 13, 1769, in Bristol; died Jan. 7, 1830, in London. British artist and portraitist.

Lawrence, a self-taught painter, was influenced by J. Reynolds. In 1792 he became painter in ordinary to the king, and in 1820, president of the Royal Academy. In his early portraits Lawrence depicted the models’ individualistic traits, but his later works increasingly tended toward idealized images and superficial effects. His remarkable technical virtuosity found expression in a light palette with many highlights and a quick, fluid brushstroke.

Lawrence enjoyed wide popularity in the late 18th century and early 19th. He painted portraits of Queen Charlotte (1789, National Gallery, London), Miss E. Farren (1790, Metropolitan Museum, New York), European political and military figures (1814-19, Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle), M. S. Vorontsova (1821, Hermitage, Leningrad), and Sally Siddons (A. S. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow).


Garlick, K. Sir Thomas Lawrence. London, 1954.
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The late Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A., was undoubtedly the most artful and uncompromising flatterer that ever smoothed out all the natural characteristic blemishes from a sitter's face; but even that accomplished parasite would have found Mr.
He seemed to have been sitting for his portrait to Sir Thomas Lawrence all the days of his life.
Field: Adam Morgan (Denby Grange), Andrew Wadsworth (Bolton), Andrew Whitaker (Dearne Sports), Chris Davies (Mirfield OB), Clive Austin (Thongsbridge), Daley Hebberd (Ossett Flying Horse), Jack Hill (Barnsley), Josh Brown (Lower Hopton), Marcus Hill (Barnsley), Mick Hobson (Dearne Sp), Nathan Haigh (Meltham), Paddy Higgins (Lockwood Con), Paul Ingleby (Lower Hopton), Scott Fisher (Denby Grange), Steven Haigh (Meltham), Thomas Lawrence (Pudsey).
A PAINTING originally valued at PS8,000 has been found to be a lost masterpiece by renowned painter Sir Thomas Lawrence worth half a million pounds.
Philip Mould spotted it while visiting the London home of Hugh and Mirabel Cecil, and complimented them on what he believed was a beautiful painting by Thomas Lawrence.
(BBC1, 9pm-10pm) The team examines an 18th-century portrait attributed to female artist Maria Cosway, but which Philip Mould believes may actually be an undiscovered work by the great Regency artist Sir Thomas Lawrence. He noticed it during a visit to the owners' home and now the time has come to put his hunch to the test.
Thomas Lawrence, 28, of Downgate Walk, Cheetham Hill, was sentenced to five years and 11 months.
These names I remember from history classes, along with other names: the sexy spy Mata Hari; Thomas Lawrence (of Arabia); German Kaiser Wilhelm; the British royals who hid their German descent by changing their surname Battenberg to its English form, Mountbatten, in World War I, and later to Windsor; the British ship Lusitania, sunk by a German U-boat; and Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron.
In Restoration , Thomas Crow combines a sweeping view of European art centers -- Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, and Vienna -- with a close-up look at pivotal artists, including Antonio Canova, Jacques-Louis David, Theodore Gericault, Francisco Goya, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Thomas Lawrence, and forgotten but meteoric painters Francois-Joseph Navez and Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas.
The two main curators Catherine Whistler and Ben Thomas were able to chart Raphael's rapid development as a draughtsman from the late 1490s until his premature death in 1520 in such depth thanks to the Ashmolean's superb Raphael holdings, the majority rescued from the break-up of Sir Thomas Lawrence's collection in 1830.
THOMAS Lawrence The Thomas family announces with great sadness the loss of Lawrence, aged 82.