Jun 4, 2011

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830) was the pre-eminent portraitist of the Regency period, depicting monarchs, political leaders, aristocratic families, society beauties, and actresses with bravura flair. His paintings and drawings explore his political friendships and allegiances along with his exceptional role as witness to significant historical events, and contrasts these with his remarkable ability to depict the charm and innocence of childhood. Elected President of the Royal Academy in 1820, Lawrence was instrumental in establishing the status of the artist in nineteenth-century Britain.

Sir Thomas Lawrence's amazing paintings and drawings showing famous Regency figures and amazing costume detail are on show in New Haven, USA until the 5 June 2011. If you miss the show, you can buy the book - and its on discount at Amazon right now.

“Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance” presents a dazzling parade of celebrity: the most prominent statesmen, actors, socialites and financiers of their day, depicted in full majesty by the most famous artist. Paintings of the stage stars Sarah Siddons and John Philip Kemble mingle on the museum’s walls with portraits of politicians like George Canning and William Wilberforce, military heroes like the Duke of Wellington, and, of course, the royal family — Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, and 2 of their 15 children.

“Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance” is at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, through June 5. Information: ycba.yale.edu or (203) 432-2800.

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