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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Head of George IV c.1820

RCIN 933873

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Sir Thomas Lawrence was the greatest portrait painter of George’s reign. This drawing from the life formed the basis for a number of paintings of George, including the state portrait of the king in his coronation robes, which is displayed in the final gallery of the exhibition. George and Sir Thomas enjoyed each other’s company, and this drawing captures the king in a relaxed and contemplative pose.

Purchased in 2004