The Daughters of Charles B. Calmady Esq.r.
Published March 1825, by Hurst, Robinson & Co, 90, Cheapside, & 6, Pall Mall.
Stipple with very large margins. 360 x 280mm (14¼ x 11"). Uncut. Bit dusty.
Portrait of Emily Calmady (1818 - 1906) and her sister Laura Anne (1820 - 1894). Their father Charles Biggs Calmady (1791-1855) was Deputy-Lieutenant of the county of Devon and an amateur cricketer who made his first-class debut for the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1828. This is from one of several sketches Thomas Lawrence made of the girls. The artist saw them aged five and three and was so struck by them that he offered to paint them for half his usual fee. The completed oil was more focused on the blonde Laura Anne: Lawrence wrote: 'This is my best picture. I have no hesitation in saying so - my best picture of the kind - one of the few I should wish hereafter to be known by'. The painting is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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