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Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

Ercole, Cardinal Consalvi (1757-1824) 1819

Oil on canvas | 269.2 x 175.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 404940

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Cardinal Consalvi was Secretary of State to Pope Pius VII and his closest friend and adviser. At the Congress of Vienna he secured the restoration of the Papal States. Lawrence celebrates Consalvi as a great diplomat and religious leader, portraying him against the backdrop of St Peter's Basilica and holding a copy of his 1816 constitution for the Papal States.