British Portraiture of the Georgian Period

  • London

    British Portraiture of the Georgian Period

    26 May - 30 July 2021

The eighteenth century was a golden age of British portraiture, with artistic giants such as Sir Martin Archer Shee, Sir Thomas Lawrence and George Romney defining the era through their grand depictions of the country's rich and famous. Looking back to the techniques and compositions of the old masters who had come before them, they created enduring images which immediately evoke the spirit of their times.


Lost in melancholy reverie, captured in idyllic pastoral landscapes, or discovered in a tender maternal embrace, the sitters in these portraits capture the power and beauty of a superlative era of British painting.


Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
Bristol 1769–1830 London
Portrait of Anne, Viscountess Pollington, later Countess of Mexborough (1783–1870), with her son, John Charles George (1810–1899), later 4th Earl of Mexborough, completed in 1821
Oil on canvas
236.2 x 144.8 cm (93 x 57 1/8 in.)
With frame: 266 x 11 x 173 cm (104 3/4 x 4 3/8 x 68 1/8 in.)