Sir Thomas Lawrence
Philadelphia Hannah, 1st Viscountess Cremorne exhibited 1789

Artwork details

Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769–1830
Philadelphia Hannah, 1st Viscountess Cremorne
Date Exhibited 1789
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2403 x 1480 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Not on display

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Lawrence was largely self-taught. He painted this portrait, his first full-length, at the age of nineteen. It put him on the map when the sitter introduced him to her friend, Queen Charlotte, who then commissioned her own portrait. Lawrence turned this into a virtuoso performance. He became the leading British portrait painter, and President of the Royal Academy. His fluent, expressive style and powerful characterisation were admired throughout Europe.The 1st Viscountess Cremorne was a granddaughter of William Penn, founder of Philadelphia. The wild background landscape must refer to Ireland, her husband’s home, if not to the American wilderness.

May 2007