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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Alexander I, Emperor of Russia (1777-1825) 1814-18

Oil on canvas | 273.8 x 179.5 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 404942

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Although briefly allied with France between 1807 and 1812, Alexander I was a determined opponent of Napoleon. He fought bravely against the French at Battle of Leipzig in 1813. Lawrence's portrait portrays the Tsar as both a monarch and a solider. Wearing the uniform of a Russian Field-Marshal, he appears quiet and resolute against the dramatic sky filled with the smoke of battle.