Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of George Canning 1770 - 1827 1825c.

Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA, Circle of 

Portrait of George Canning 1770 - 1827, Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA, Circle of
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Oil on canvas
19th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
 
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Lawrence's celebrated characterisation of the Prime Minister and statesman, George Canning, was famed in its day as amongst the artist's most accomplished achievements. Following, as it did, the comparatively prosaic statesman portraits of the previous three generations the resultant image became the first successful expression of radical political realism in British portrait painting. This example painted by an artist working in Lawrence's circle shows the popularity of this remarkable icon.
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