Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait sketch of the head of a lady 1790s

Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA (1769-1830)

Portrait sketch of the head of a lady, Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA
Oil on canvas
18th Century
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The beauty of Lawrence’s unfinished sketches such as this, whether preparatory to a finished work or portraits abandoned in the course of execution, is the way the sitter seems to emerge from the canvas rather than merely be painted on it, and the painter appears to be surprised in the act of uncovering, rather than creating the image. The fresh, bright colours and unrivalled sense of texture in the sketch reveal Lawrence at his unequalled best as a master of oil paint.
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