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London

National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Regency Power and Brilliance
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom


October 21st, 2010 - January 23rd, 2011
 
Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby , Thomas LawrenceThomas Lawrence,
Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby ,
1790
© Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery
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Thomas Lawrence was the greatest British portrait painter of his generation and one of the most celebrated artists in Europe in the early decades of the nineteenth century. This exhibition, the first in the UK for over thirty years, presents fifty-four works and provides a fresh understanding of Lawrence's career.

A key figure in the history of British art, Lawrence created a lasting image of the vibrant and luxurious Regency period with dazzling brushwork and an innovative use of colour. This exhibition includes his greatest paintings and drawings, from stunning early works such as the beautiful full-length painting of actress Elizabeth Farren to majestic images created at the height of his fame, such as Pope Pius II and the Earl of Aberdeen.


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