Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Mrs John Fairlie (d.1843), c.1815 

Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA (1769-1830)

Portrait of Mrs John Fairlie (d.1843), c.1815, Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA
Oil on canvas
19th Century
24 x 20 in (61 x 50.8 cm)
Delivered by Lawrence's executor to Mr. Fairlie in 1830 with Thos Agnew & Sons, London K. Garlick,''Sir Thomas Lawrence'', 1989, p.186, no,287
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Louisa, eldest daughter of John Home Purves of Purves, married John Fairlie of Holmes as his second wife. She was the niece of Margaret, Countess of Blessington. The present portrait was begun as a whole-length but only the head was finished in 1829. Payment was made to Lawrence in 1827 (Garlick, 'loc.cit.').

An old label on the stretcher identifies the sitter as 'Miss Farleigh'.

Mr Kenneth Garlick has examined this portrait. From examination of his records he considers the portrait to be the same as the Mrs John Fairlie head finished in 1827 and planned as a full-length portrait The picture was delivered by Lawrence's executors to Mr Fairlie on llth February 1830.

He further considers that this picture was probably: Lot 298, Rainey's Saleroom, Bath, 24th January 1871; The Charles Ford Sale (Charles Ford was a friend of Lawrence), Lot 13, Christie's New York, 12th January 1944.
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