- Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769–1830
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1264 x 1016 mm
- Bequeathed by Miss Ellen Sansom 1894
The sitter is Philip Sansom an affluent merchant based in the City of London who had also been a leading figure in the successful political campaign against the slave trade within the British Empire. It was probably painted in the last decade of the sitter’s life. Like many successful merchants Sansom maintained a base in London and a large house outside the metropolis. From 1795 to 1815 (so including the period this portrait was created) Sansom lived at the grand Leytonstone House in Leytonstone, then a rural area particularly favoured by wealthy merchants because of its relative proximity to the City.
Gallery label, February 2016