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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne, full length, with his hand resting on a table

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne, full length, with his hand resting on a table

Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne, full length, with his hand resting on a table

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Bristol 1769 - 1830 London

Portrait of Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne, full length, with his hand resting on a table


oil on canvas

canvas: 95 by 57 in.; 241.3 by 144.8 cm.

framed: 107 by 69 in.; 272 by 175.3 cm.

The canvas has an old, stable relining. The paint layer is thick and vibrant; heavy impasto and lively, lush brushwork can be seen throughout the painting, particularly in the still life on the left, the highlights in the face and hand, and in the clouds and landscape at right. Overall the painting presents beautifully with an impressive retention of the bright colors and fluid handling of paint. Under ultraviolet light an uneven varnish flouresces, with some areas of a light craqueleure pattern which aren't noticeable to the naked eye. There is very little retouching other than some minimal strengthening in scattered areas of the dark costume. An old scratch or very thin tear is visible, about 6 inches long, which runs vertically along the sitter's proper right foot. The retouching here is visible to the naked eye but not bothersome. Can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame which has some wear and tear, including some loose parts.



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Thomas Dawson, 1st Viscount Cremorne;
Thence by descent to Granville J. Penn, Esq.;
Thence by descent to Lieutenant-Commander C. Windham, R.N., Cerne Abbas;
Thence by descent in the family of the sitter;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 15 April 1988, lot 128. 
D.E. Williams, The Life and Correspondence of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Kt., London 1831, p. 128;
R.S. Gower, Sir Thomas Lawrence, London 1900, p. 120;
W. Armstrong, Lawrence, London 1913, p. 124;
K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence, London 1954, pp.  33, 67, reproduced plate 6;
K. Garlick, “A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence,” in Walpole Society, XXXIX, 1964, p. 61;
C.M. Mount, Gilbert Stuart, New York 1964, p. 137;
C. de Salis, “Centaurs of Attraction,” Landscape, July-August 1988, p. 112, reproduced p. 116;
K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence: A Complete Catalogue of the Oil Paintings, New York 1989, p. 174, cat. no. 219, reproduced;
Sir. R. Strong, The British Portrait 1660-1960, Woodbridge 1991, p. 256, reproduced plate 249;
M. Levey, Sir Thomas Lawrence, New Haven & London 2005, p. 325, cat. no. 39.

ENGRAVED: 
C. Knight, 1794 (stipple)

London, The British Institution, 1864, no. 145 (lent by Granville J. Penn, Esq);
Bristol, Bristol City Art Gallery, 1952-60 (on loan).