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National Portrait Gallery to Present Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance

The National Portrait Gallery will present Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance, open 21 October 2010 – 23 January 2011.

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.

Exhibition organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

Image: Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby by Thomas Lawrence, 1790 Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940

National Portrait Gallery St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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