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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Charles, Archduke of Austria (1771-1847) 1819

Oil on canvas | 270.1 x 179.5 x 3.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405140

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Archduke Charles was one of the greatest generals in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. Wearing his Austrian army uniform and grasping an unsheathed sword, Lawrence portrays the Archduke as a dashing military hero. Described as a small figure in life, Lawrence paints Archduke Charles from below so that he appears as a towering figure against the turbulent battle sky.