Sir Thomas Lawrence

Miss Caroline Fry

1827

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 756 x 629 mm
frame: 1037 x 920 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs William Wilson 1890
Reference
N01307

Display caption

Caroline Fry (1787-1846), later Mrs Wilson, author of hymns and religious books, came from a wealthy Kentish family that upheld intellectual effort and strict high church principles. For many years she edited and wrote almost single-handedly a monthly periodical, the 'Assistant of Education', that was to be found in most well-to-do nurseries, including that of the royal family. With the upturned gaze and a hint of church architecture in the background, Lawrence tried to convey something of the spiritual side of this handsome woman, but so discreetly as to keep well within the bounds of conventional society portraiture.

Gallery label, August 2004

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