Thomas Lawrence (1756-1823)
|Portrait of Major General James Hanson Salmond
|This superb British Old Master oil painting is attributed to circle of Sir Thomas Lawrence. Painted circa 1795, the sitter is Major-General James Hanson Salmond (1766–1837) an officer in the East India Company's Forces who went on to be Military Secretary to the East India Company. (See below for his biography). He is dressed in a dark jacket with white scarf at his neck and with a landscape beyond. The detail in his facial features is superb. A fantastic British Old Master oil painting with considerable provenance verso.
|Several labels verso with details of sitter.
|Oil on Canvas
|25 x 30 inches
|Housed in a gilt frame, 37 inches by 32 inches and in good condition.
|Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) was a leading English portrait painter and the fourth president of the Royal Academy. Lawrence was a child prodigy. He was born in Bristol and began drawing in Devizes, where his father was an innkeeper at the Bear Hotel in the Market Square. At the age of ten, having moved to Bath, he was supporting his family with his pastel portraits. At eighteen he went to London and soon established his reputation as a portrait painter in oils, receiving his first royal commission, a portrait of Queen Charlotte, in 1790. He stayed at the top of his profession until his death, aged 60, in 1830.