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Study of John Julius Angerstein (1735 - 1823) 1810c.

Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA (1769-1830)

Study of John Julius Angerstein (1735 - 1823), Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA
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Oil on canvas
18th Century
 
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This remarkable sketch shows the evolution of Lawrence's portrait on the canvas, as the sitter is revealed rather than created. Angerstein was a financier, patron of painters and a great collector whose collection by his generous bequest formed the core and the inception of the National Gallery in London.
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