[Sir Thomas Lawrence, aged 13]To the Nobility & Gentry in general, & the University of Oxford in particular, who have so liberally countenanced his pencil, this portrait of Master Lawrence, is Inscribed, by their most devoted & most grateful Serv.t T. Lawrence, Sen:
Published June 18, 1783, by T. Lawrence Alfred Street, Bath; & a print of Mrs Siddons, in the Character of Zara, Drawn by Master Lawrence & Engraved by J.R. Smith.
Engraving, sheet 300 x 235mm (11¾ x 9¼"). Trimmed to platemark
Portrait of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) as a boy, after Prince Hoare. Lawrence was to become President of the Royal Academy of Arts and the leading portrait painter of the Regency but at the time this print was published he was a teenager living in Bath and painting portraits in pastel. Lawrence received little formal education, and the dedication on this print probably refers to a promotional tour organised by his father in around 1780 and beginning in Oxford, where he 'took the likenesses of the most eminent people' (D.E. Williams, 'The life and correspondence of Sir Thomas Lawrence'). The young Lawrence was also known for his gift of reciting verse from Shakespeare and Milton, hence the copy of 'Paradise Lost' he holds here.
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