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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Ercole, Cardinal Consalvi (1757-1824) 1819

RCIN 404940

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Lawrence evidently viewed this portrait, together with that of the Pope, as high points in the Waterloo cycle. He wrote that ‘if what I have done here in the portraits of the Pope and the Cardinal be compared only with my own works, I have had complete success’. Cardinal Consalvi was the papal representative at the Congress of Vienna.