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

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769–1830
Title
Philadelphia Hannah, 1st Viscountess Cremorne
Date Exhibited 1789
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2403 x 1480 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Reference
T05466
On loan to Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium)

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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