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ID number:  BIRBI-58.17
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lawrence, Sir Thomas (1769-1830)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of a Lady
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  British
Date made:  early 1790s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  73.6 x 60.9 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Christie's, 24 October 1958

The sitter’s identity has unfortunately been lost, but stylistic and costume evidence suggest a date in the early 1790s. Lawrence had just then arrived in London where he achieved an instant success at the Royal Academy’s exhibition, setting him on his career as the most fashionable portraitist of the day. The artist’s use of paint In this half-length portrait is marked by a typical virtuosity which marked him out for contemporaries. He uses a characteristic touch of white in the eyes and on the lips to enliven the face.

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Lawrence, Thomas

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