Painting A Splendid Portrait of the Regency

AP-avatar Cara/Andrea here,

LawrenceSelfPortrait It’s not all that often that a notable Regency event takes place in America, so I’m really thrilled about the landmark retrospective show of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s paintings that just opened at the Yale Center for British Art last Thursday. Anyone who can make the trek to New Haven (which actually is quite a nice little city, with great restaurants and boutique hotels) should do so, for it’s the only place in North American that will be exhibiting the works. (Some of which have never been shown in public before. Pictured at right is a self-portrait)

Wellington Many of you are probably familiar with some of Lawrence’s greatest portraits, like the regal Duke of Wellington looking every inch the Iron Duke, (left) and the handsome (some may say too handsome) image of Prinny (right). But the full array of his people—from statesmen and soldiers to ladies and children—is mesmerizing n its power to bring the era breathtakingly alive.

PrinceRegent Thomas Lawrence himself is a fascinating figure. Born in 1769, he was a child prodigy, a self-taught savant whose formal schooling consisted of two years of attending classes between the ages of six and eight. His father ran an inn in Bristol, but took over the Black Bear Inn in Devizes, a popular stop on the London-to-Bath coaching route, when his own business failed. Travelers would often be asked if they wanted their portraits drawn by the precocious little boy. By age ten, “Tommy” was already being written about in the press.

Lawrence-full-length-woman When his father failed again at business, the family moved to Bath, and from then on, Lawrence supported them with his artistic talents. The charge for a pastel portrait was three guineas, and his sitters included, the Duchess of Devonshire, Sarah Siddons and Sir Elijah Impey. By all accounts, Lawrence was a handsome, charming, modest young man, and popular with his patrons.

Lawrence-2Women In 1787, when he was still seventeen, Lawrence moved to London and set up a studio at 41 Jermyn Street. He enrolled at the Royal Academy, but left  off his classes after only three months (no one really knows why.) He had several works in the Royal Academy exhibit of that year, and six the following year, including one oil painting—a medium he had quickly mastered, apparently on his own. By 1789, his works were garnering favorable acclaim, with one critic calling him "the Sir Joshua of futurity not far off."  (A reference to Sir Joshua Reynolds.) At age twenty he received his first Royal commission, and journeyed to Windsor Castle in order to paint the portraits of Queen Charlotte (who did not like the finished work) and Princess Amelia.

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On the death of Reynolds in 1792, Lawrence was appointed “painter-in-ordinary to his majesty” by George III, and in 1794, he was made a full member of the Royal Academy For the next 30 years, he would reign as the premier portrait painter of his day, and captured the likenesses of many of the leading luminaries of the Regency. His use of paint, sometimes rendered in thick layers,is quite striking, but perhaps the most innovative technique was his unique way of rendering eyes. He developed a double white highlight— a dot in the iris and a faint white edging on the lower lid that adds a liquid luminosity to his portraits. (If you go to see the exhibit, be sure to lean in and take a close look—it's absolutely wonderful, and is part of what makes the faces seem so alive!)

Lawrence-Lord-Stewart  Count-Platov Through his friend, Lord Charles Stewart (left), Lawrence became acquainted with the Prince Regent, who became one of his most important patrons. A major commission in 1814 involved doing portraits of some of the top Allied leaders, including Wellington, Von Blucher and Count Platov (right). Much pleased with the work, Prinny rewarded Lawrence with a knighthood in 1815.

Waterloo-Room The plan called for him to go abroad and do portraits of some of the leading foreign rulers, but Napoleon’s escape from Elba put that project on hold. However, in 1818, he headed off to Europe where he spent nearly two years traveling and painting the likenesses of such notables as Tsar Alexander, Emperor Francis I of Austria, and the King of Prussia. (These portraits became part of the Waterloo Room at Windsor Castle, shown at left.)

Lawrence-Boy-RedVelvet On his return to London in 1820, he was elected the President of the Royal Academy, a position he held until his death in 1830. His output remained prolific throughout the next decade and his depiction of children during this time is recognized as particularly insightful.

IsabellaWolff In contrast to the great success of his professional career, Lawrence’s personal life was fraught with disappointment. He was romantically entangled with the two daughters of Sarah Siddons, with his affections shifting from one to the other, and back again. The affairs ended unhappily, and both women died young. Later in his career, Lawrence was linked with Isabella Wolff (left), whom he had painted in 1803, but he never married. Contemporaries commented on how Lawrence seemed to fall in love with his female subjects—and vice-versa—which may illuminate his gift for embodying paint and canvas with such spirit.

Child's-group His finances were also a source of trouble. Though he earned a fortune in commissions, he was constantly in debt—though his biographers are puzzled as to where all his mony went. Lawrence himself claimed, “I have never been extravagant nor profligate in the use of money. Neither gaming, horses, curricles, expensive entertainments, nor secret sources of ruin from vulgar licentiousness have swept it from me.” And most people agree. It’s thought that his great generosity to his family, and his magnificent—but expensive—collection of Old Master drawings ate up most of his earnings.

Wellingtoncivvie I’ve been a casual admirer of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s work for some time, but this exhibition encouraged me to take a closer look at his work. And I’ve come away dazzled. His brilliance at capturing the nuanced details—the fashions, the ornaments,  the styles, the individuality of each person—conjures up the texture, the smell, the feel and the energy of the Regency in all its colorful glory. (At right is an older Wellington, in the same pose as eariler)

The great French painter Eugene Delacroix said this of Lawrence: "His picture is a kind of diamond which glitters all alone where it is and obscures everything around it." I couldn't agree more!

How about you? Do you find that paintings of a bygone era help you picture what it was like? Do you like Lawrence’s work? Or do you have a different favorite artist, or a favorite painting that has sparked your imagination? Please share! 

100 thoughts on “Painting A Splendid Portrait of the Regency”

  1. This was a feast for the eyes this morning! Thank you. There are three painters I’ve used when I conjure up my heroines, all later than the Regency but they speak to me anyway. Tissot (the ruffles!), Waterhouse and Sir Frederick Leighton. I could stare at their paintings online forever. (and never write, LOL)

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  2. This was a feast for the eyes this morning! Thank you. There are three painters I’ve used when I conjure up my heroines, all later than the Regency but they speak to me anyway. Tissot (the ruffles!), Waterhouse and Sir Frederick Leighton. I could stare at their paintings online forever. (and never write, LOL)

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  3. This was a feast for the eyes this morning! Thank you. There are three painters I’ve used when I conjure up my heroines, all later than the Regency but they speak to me anyway. Tissot (the ruffles!), Waterhouse and Sir Frederick Leighton. I could stare at their paintings online forever. (and never write, LOL)

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  4. This was a feast for the eyes this morning! Thank you. There are three painters I’ve used when I conjure up my heroines, all later than the Regency but they speak to me anyway. Tissot (the ruffles!), Waterhouse and Sir Frederick Leighton. I could stare at their paintings online forever. (and never write, LOL)

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  5. This was a feast for the eyes this morning! Thank you. There are three painters I’ve used when I conjure up my heroines, all later than the Regency but they speak to me anyway. Tissot (the ruffles!), Waterhouse and Sir Frederick Leighton. I could stare at their paintings online forever. (and never write, LOL)

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  6. Gorgeous pictures. I must find a way to get to New Haven.
    I love portraits from different periods, though I have a feeling they tell us less about how people (and things) looked than about how people of that time would have liked them to look.

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  7. Gorgeous pictures. I must find a way to get to New Haven.
    I love portraits from different periods, though I have a feeling they tell us less about how people (and things) looked than about how people of that time would have liked them to look.

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  8. Gorgeous pictures. I must find a way to get to New Haven.
    I love portraits from different periods, though I have a feeling they tell us less about how people (and things) looked than about how people of that time would have liked them to look.

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  9. Gorgeous pictures. I must find a way to get to New Haven.
    I love portraits from different periods, though I have a feeling they tell us less about how people (and things) looked than about how people of that time would have liked them to look.

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  10. Gorgeous pictures. I must find a way to get to New Haven.
    I love portraits from different periods, though I have a feeling they tell us less about how people (and things) looked than about how people of that time would have liked them to look.

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  11. I’m a huge fan of the pre-Raphaelites and was lucky enough to see the Millais exhibit a few years ago at the Tate. I’m also a huge fan of JSinger Sargent & Klimt. Paintings definitely give me a good idea of what people looked like and what they wore. I can’t wait to see this exhibit. Thanks for the review.

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  12. I’m a huge fan of the pre-Raphaelites and was lucky enough to see the Millais exhibit a few years ago at the Tate. I’m also a huge fan of JSinger Sargent & Klimt. Paintings definitely give me a good idea of what people looked like and what they wore. I can’t wait to see this exhibit. Thanks for the review.

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  13. I’m a huge fan of the pre-Raphaelites and was lucky enough to see the Millais exhibit a few years ago at the Tate. I’m also a huge fan of JSinger Sargent & Klimt. Paintings definitely give me a good idea of what people looked like and what they wore. I can’t wait to see this exhibit. Thanks for the review.

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  14. I’m a huge fan of the pre-Raphaelites and was lucky enough to see the Millais exhibit a few years ago at the Tate. I’m also a huge fan of JSinger Sargent & Klimt. Paintings definitely give me a good idea of what people looked like and what they wore. I can’t wait to see this exhibit. Thanks for the review.

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  15. I’m a huge fan of the pre-Raphaelites and was lucky enough to see the Millais exhibit a few years ago at the Tate. I’m also a huge fan of JSinger Sargent & Klimt. Paintings definitely give me a good idea of what people looked like and what they wore. I can’t wait to see this exhibit. Thanks for the review.

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  16. I absolutely LOVE Lawrence’s work! The details, the use of color and his ability to capture bits of the subject’s personality simply amaze me. I so wish I lived close enough to see this exhibit! And isn’t part of the character of an era the way its inhabitants see themselves and their world?
    I am also quite fond of Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode series. They make me smile and every time I look at them I find some new little detail.
    As an animal lover I have a real appreciation for the works of George Stubbs.
    And the evolution of Turner’s style is breathtaking. His painting The Slave Ship is one of the most striking and moving paintings I have ever seen.
    I hope to order the catalogue of the Lawrence exhibit. It will make a lovely addition to my research library.

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  17. I absolutely LOVE Lawrence’s work! The details, the use of color and his ability to capture bits of the subject’s personality simply amaze me. I so wish I lived close enough to see this exhibit! And isn’t part of the character of an era the way its inhabitants see themselves and their world?
    I am also quite fond of Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode series. They make me smile and every time I look at them I find some new little detail.
    As an animal lover I have a real appreciation for the works of George Stubbs.
    And the evolution of Turner’s style is breathtaking. His painting The Slave Ship is one of the most striking and moving paintings I have ever seen.
    I hope to order the catalogue of the Lawrence exhibit. It will make a lovely addition to my research library.

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  18. I absolutely LOVE Lawrence’s work! The details, the use of color and his ability to capture bits of the subject’s personality simply amaze me. I so wish I lived close enough to see this exhibit! And isn’t part of the character of an era the way its inhabitants see themselves and their world?
    I am also quite fond of Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode series. They make me smile and every time I look at them I find some new little detail.
    As an animal lover I have a real appreciation for the works of George Stubbs.
    And the evolution of Turner’s style is breathtaking. His painting The Slave Ship is one of the most striking and moving paintings I have ever seen.
    I hope to order the catalogue of the Lawrence exhibit. It will make a lovely addition to my research library.

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  19. I absolutely LOVE Lawrence’s work! The details, the use of color and his ability to capture bits of the subject’s personality simply amaze me. I so wish I lived close enough to see this exhibit! And isn’t part of the character of an era the way its inhabitants see themselves and their world?
    I am also quite fond of Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode series. They make me smile and every time I look at them I find some new little detail.
    As an animal lover I have a real appreciation for the works of George Stubbs.
    And the evolution of Turner’s style is breathtaking. His painting The Slave Ship is one of the most striking and moving paintings I have ever seen.
    I hope to order the catalogue of the Lawrence exhibit. It will make a lovely addition to my research library.

    Reply
  20. I absolutely LOVE Lawrence’s work! The details, the use of color and his ability to capture bits of the subject’s personality simply amaze me. I so wish I lived close enough to see this exhibit! And isn’t part of the character of an era the way its inhabitants see themselves and their world?
    I am also quite fond of Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode series. They make me smile and every time I look at them I find some new little detail.
    As an animal lover I have a real appreciation for the works of George Stubbs.
    And the evolution of Turner’s style is breathtaking. His painting The Slave Ship is one of the most striking and moving paintings I have ever seen.
    I hope to order the catalogue of the Lawrence exhibit. It will make a lovely addition to my research library.

    Reply
  21. It’s a terrific exhibition, isn’t it? I saw it in January, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. There it was entitled, ‘Sir Thomas Lawrence, Regency Power and Brilliance’, which about sums it up.
    What came across to me was that he really liked women – especially the curve of their busts – which he paints with a sort of sumptuous appreciation.

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  22. It’s a terrific exhibition, isn’t it? I saw it in January, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. There it was entitled, ‘Sir Thomas Lawrence, Regency Power and Brilliance’, which about sums it up.
    What came across to me was that he really liked women – especially the curve of their busts – which he paints with a sort of sumptuous appreciation.

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  23. It’s a terrific exhibition, isn’t it? I saw it in January, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. There it was entitled, ‘Sir Thomas Lawrence, Regency Power and Brilliance’, which about sums it up.
    What came across to me was that he really liked women – especially the curve of their busts – which he paints with a sort of sumptuous appreciation.

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  24. It’s a terrific exhibition, isn’t it? I saw it in January, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. There it was entitled, ‘Sir Thomas Lawrence, Regency Power and Brilliance’, which about sums it up.
    What came across to me was that he really liked women – especially the curve of their busts – which he paints with a sort of sumptuous appreciation.

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  25. It’s a terrific exhibition, isn’t it? I saw it in January, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. There it was entitled, ‘Sir Thomas Lawrence, Regency Power and Brilliance’, which about sums it up.
    What came across to me was that he really liked women – especially the curve of their busts – which he paints with a sort of sumptuous appreciation.

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  26. Elizabeth, Oh I would have loved to see the Millais exhibit at the Tate, and enjoy Sargent as well. One of my favorite spots in London is the National Portrait Gallery, where I adoring spending time wandering through the different era—late Victorian-Edawrdian are particular favorites.
    You will the the BAC show.

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  27. Elizabeth, Oh I would have loved to see the Millais exhibit at the Tate, and enjoy Sargent as well. One of my favorite spots in London is the National Portrait Gallery, where I adoring spending time wandering through the different era—late Victorian-Edawrdian are particular favorites.
    You will the the BAC show.

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  28. Elizabeth, Oh I would have loved to see the Millais exhibit at the Tate, and enjoy Sargent as well. One of my favorite spots in London is the National Portrait Gallery, where I adoring spending time wandering through the different era—late Victorian-Edawrdian are particular favorites.
    You will the the BAC show.

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  29. Elizabeth, Oh I would have loved to see the Millais exhibit at the Tate, and enjoy Sargent as well. One of my favorite spots in London is the National Portrait Gallery, where I adoring spending time wandering through the different era—late Victorian-Edawrdian are particular favorites.
    You will the the BAC show.

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  30. Elizabeth, Oh I would have loved to see the Millais exhibit at the Tate, and enjoy Sargent as well. One of my favorite spots in London is the National Portrait Gallery, where I adoring spending time wandering through the different era—late Victorian-Edawrdian are particular favorites.
    You will the the BAC show.

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  31. Louisa, the catalogue is wonderful—a fabulous research tool (I sprung for the expensive hardcover.)
    The Turner show at the Met was breathtaking in showing the evolution of an artist’s vision. At the end, he was amazingly modern in his abstract impressions . . . very eye-opening!
    And yes, for me portraits do show how people view themselves (how they choose to dress, what they want shown around them, etc.)so they are definitely a window on a whole world/society.

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  32. Louisa, the catalogue is wonderful—a fabulous research tool (I sprung for the expensive hardcover.)
    The Turner show at the Met was breathtaking in showing the evolution of an artist’s vision. At the end, he was amazingly modern in his abstract impressions . . . very eye-opening!
    And yes, for me portraits do show how people view themselves (how they choose to dress, what they want shown around them, etc.)so they are definitely a window on a whole world/society.

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  33. Louisa, the catalogue is wonderful—a fabulous research tool (I sprung for the expensive hardcover.)
    The Turner show at the Met was breathtaking in showing the evolution of an artist’s vision. At the end, he was amazingly modern in his abstract impressions . . . very eye-opening!
    And yes, for me portraits do show how people view themselves (how they choose to dress, what they want shown around them, etc.)so they are definitely a window on a whole world/society.

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  34. Louisa, the catalogue is wonderful—a fabulous research tool (I sprung for the expensive hardcover.)
    The Turner show at the Met was breathtaking in showing the evolution of an artist’s vision. At the end, he was amazingly modern in his abstract impressions . . . very eye-opening!
    And yes, for me portraits do show how people view themselves (how they choose to dress, what they want shown around them, etc.)so they are definitely a window on a whole world/society.

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  35. Louisa, the catalogue is wonderful—a fabulous research tool (I sprung for the expensive hardcover.)
    The Turner show at the Met was breathtaking in showing the evolution of an artist’s vision. At the end, he was amazingly modern in his abstract impressions . . . very eye-opening!
    And yes, for me portraits do show how people view themselves (how they choose to dress, what they want shown around them, etc.)so they are definitely a window on a whole world/society.

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  36. Elizabeth (H) Yes, it’s basically the same show as the one at the NPG, but I heard the head NPG curator talk at the New Haven opening, and he said it was so fascinating to see it set up in a different space, and a different walk-through chronology.
    Yes, Lawrence really did love women, and it comes through in every brushstroke! Young-old, he just seemed to be drawn to them and have an empathy that was deeper than mere sexuality.

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  37. Elizabeth (H) Yes, it’s basically the same show as the one at the NPG, but I heard the head NPG curator talk at the New Haven opening, and he said it was so fascinating to see it set up in a different space, and a different walk-through chronology.
    Yes, Lawrence really did love women, and it comes through in every brushstroke! Young-old, he just seemed to be drawn to them and have an empathy that was deeper than mere sexuality.

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  38. Elizabeth (H) Yes, it’s basically the same show as the one at the NPG, but I heard the head NPG curator talk at the New Haven opening, and he said it was so fascinating to see it set up in a different space, and a different walk-through chronology.
    Yes, Lawrence really did love women, and it comes through in every brushstroke! Young-old, he just seemed to be drawn to them and have an empathy that was deeper than mere sexuality.

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  39. Elizabeth (H) Yes, it’s basically the same show as the one at the NPG, but I heard the head NPG curator talk at the New Haven opening, and he said it was so fascinating to see it set up in a different space, and a different walk-through chronology.
    Yes, Lawrence really did love women, and it comes through in every brushstroke! Young-old, he just seemed to be drawn to them and have an empathy that was deeper than mere sexuality.

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  40. Elizabeth (H) Yes, it’s basically the same show as the one at the NPG, but I heard the head NPG curator talk at the New Haven opening, and he said it was so fascinating to see it set up in a different space, and a different walk-through chronology.
    Yes, Lawrence really did love women, and it comes through in every brushstroke! Young-old, he just seemed to be drawn to them and have an empathy that was deeper than mere sexuality.

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  41. Marvelous paintings. I have a copy of a painting by Fragonard of a young lady reading that I have hanging near a bookcase. Renoir is another favorite painter.

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  42. Marvelous paintings. I have a copy of a painting by Fragonard of a young lady reading that I have hanging near a bookcase. Renoir is another favorite painter.

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  43. Marvelous paintings. I have a copy of a painting by Fragonard of a young lady reading that I have hanging near a bookcase. Renoir is another favorite painter.

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  44. Marvelous paintings. I have a copy of a painting by Fragonard of a young lady reading that I have hanging near a bookcase. Renoir is another favorite painter.

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  45. Marvelous paintings. I have a copy of a painting by Fragonard of a young lady reading that I have hanging near a bookcase. Renoir is another favorite painter.

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  46. I love the painters of this era. I don’t care if they’re overly stylized and glamorized. Heck, we do the same with photography these days. The portraits glow with color and humanity and give us a vivid glimpse into the past. Thanks for the great photos, Andrea!

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  47. I love the painters of this era. I don’t care if they’re overly stylized and glamorized. Heck, we do the same with photography these days. The portraits glow with color and humanity and give us a vivid glimpse into the past. Thanks for the great photos, Andrea!

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  48. I love the painters of this era. I don’t care if they’re overly stylized and glamorized. Heck, we do the same with photography these days. The portraits glow with color and humanity and give us a vivid glimpse into the past. Thanks for the great photos, Andrea!

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  49. I love the painters of this era. I don’t care if they’re overly stylized and glamorized. Heck, we do the same with photography these days. The portraits glow with color and humanity and give us a vivid glimpse into the past. Thanks for the great photos, Andrea!

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  50. I love the painters of this era. I don’t care if they’re overly stylized and glamorized. Heck, we do the same with photography these days. The portraits glow with color and humanity and give us a vivid glimpse into the past. Thanks for the great photos, Andrea!

    Reply
  51. What a great topic! The paintings do tell a tale of fabrics, hairstyles, fashion and health. I am always struck by how rosy the cheeks were; probably due to the raw winds outside and being close to the fire inside!(Or maybe consumption or other ailments).
    Fascinating, thank you.

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  52. What a great topic! The paintings do tell a tale of fabrics, hairstyles, fashion and health. I am always struck by how rosy the cheeks were; probably due to the raw winds outside and being close to the fire inside!(Or maybe consumption or other ailments).
    Fascinating, thank you.

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  53. What a great topic! The paintings do tell a tale of fabrics, hairstyles, fashion and health. I am always struck by how rosy the cheeks were; probably due to the raw winds outside and being close to the fire inside!(Or maybe consumption or other ailments).
    Fascinating, thank you.

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  54. What a great topic! The paintings do tell a tale of fabrics, hairstyles, fashion and health. I am always struck by how rosy the cheeks were; probably due to the raw winds outside and being close to the fire inside!(Or maybe consumption or other ailments).
    Fascinating, thank you.

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  55. What a great topic! The paintings do tell a tale of fabrics, hairstyles, fashion and health. I am always struck by how rosy the cheeks were; probably due to the raw winds outside and being close to the fire inside!(Or maybe consumption or other ailments).
    Fascinating, thank you.

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  56. Excellent points, Sue. I also think the portraits tell us a lot about their ideals of beauty. Skin color, eye makeup, bosom shape, hair styles—all reveal so much about society and its attitudes, and what “look” is in vogue. (Imagine future generations looking back at our fashion photos of glassy-eyed, matchstick thin models and scratching their heads!)

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  57. Excellent points, Sue. I also think the portraits tell us a lot about their ideals of beauty. Skin color, eye makeup, bosom shape, hair styles—all reveal so much about society and its attitudes, and what “look” is in vogue. (Imagine future generations looking back at our fashion photos of glassy-eyed, matchstick thin models and scratching their heads!)

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  58. Excellent points, Sue. I also think the portraits tell us a lot about their ideals of beauty. Skin color, eye makeup, bosom shape, hair styles—all reveal so much about society and its attitudes, and what “look” is in vogue. (Imagine future generations looking back at our fashion photos of glassy-eyed, matchstick thin models and scratching their heads!)

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  59. Excellent points, Sue. I also think the portraits tell us a lot about their ideals of beauty. Skin color, eye makeup, bosom shape, hair styles—all reveal so much about society and its attitudes, and what “look” is in vogue. (Imagine future generations looking back at our fashion photos of glassy-eyed, matchstick thin models and scratching their heads!)

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  60. Excellent points, Sue. I also think the portraits tell us a lot about their ideals of beauty. Skin color, eye makeup, bosom shape, hair styles—all reveal so much about society and its attitudes, and what “look” is in vogue. (Imagine future generations looking back at our fashion photos of glassy-eyed, matchstick thin models and scratching their heads!)

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  61. Gorgeous blog, Cara/Andrea, but rats! I just jumped on the web to see if the exhibition will still be open when I get to the US for RWA national, and it finished on June 5. 🙁
    Still, thank you for this delicious taster. I love his portraits and often include one in my story collages.

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  62. Gorgeous blog, Cara/Andrea, but rats! I just jumped on the web to see if the exhibition will still be open when I get to the US for RWA national, and it finished on June 5. 🙁
    Still, thank you for this delicious taster. I love his portraits and often include one in my story collages.

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  63. Gorgeous blog, Cara/Andrea, but rats! I just jumped on the web to see if the exhibition will still be open when I get to the US for RWA national, and it finished on June 5. 🙁
    Still, thank you for this delicious taster. I love his portraits and often include one in my story collages.

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  64. Gorgeous blog, Cara/Andrea, but rats! I just jumped on the web to see if the exhibition will still be open when I get to the US for RWA national, and it finished on June 5. 🙁
    Still, thank you for this delicious taster. I love his portraits and often include one in my story collages.

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  65. Gorgeous blog, Cara/Andrea, but rats! I just jumped on the web to see if the exhibition will still be open when I get to the US for RWA national, and it finished on June 5. 🙁
    Still, thank you for this delicious taster. I love his portraits and often include one in my story collages.

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  66. Such wonderful work. He sounds like he would have been delightful company.
    I just ordered the posters of this exhibit from the National Gallery in the U.K., and I’ve ordered the catalog – from Amazon because there is a substantial discount (about $30).
    I might make it up to New Haven, but if I don’t, at least I’ll have the catalog.

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  67. Such wonderful work. He sounds like he would have been delightful company.
    I just ordered the posters of this exhibit from the National Gallery in the U.K., and I’ve ordered the catalog – from Amazon because there is a substantial discount (about $30).
    I might make it up to New Haven, but if I don’t, at least I’ll have the catalog.

    Reply
  68. Such wonderful work. He sounds like he would have been delightful company.
    I just ordered the posters of this exhibit from the National Gallery in the U.K., and I’ve ordered the catalog – from Amazon because there is a substantial discount (about $30).
    I might make it up to New Haven, but if I don’t, at least I’ll have the catalog.

    Reply
  69. Such wonderful work. He sounds like he would have been delightful company.
    I just ordered the posters of this exhibit from the National Gallery in the U.K., and I’ve ordered the catalog – from Amazon because there is a substantial discount (about $30).
    I might make it up to New Haven, but if I don’t, at least I’ll have the catalog.

    Reply
  70. Such wonderful work. He sounds like he would have been delightful company.
    I just ordered the posters of this exhibit from the National Gallery in the U.K., and I’ve ordered the catalog – from Amazon because there is a substantial discount (about $30).
    I might make it up to New Haven, but if I don’t, at least I’ll have the catalog.

    Reply
  71. I wished we lived closer to New Haven. These small pictures don’t do the originals justice I am sure, but they are truly wonderful. They may be formal portraits, but there is a very human feel to them. These are not stiff remote people. There is a rounded softness to them and they are wonderfully detailed. The personality of the subject comes through.
    The Duke of Wellington was a handsome man.

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  72. I wished we lived closer to New Haven. These small pictures don’t do the originals justice I am sure, but they are truly wonderful. They may be formal portraits, but there is a very human feel to them. These are not stiff remote people. There is a rounded softness to them and they are wonderfully detailed. The personality of the subject comes through.
    The Duke of Wellington was a handsome man.

    Reply
  73. I wished we lived closer to New Haven. These small pictures don’t do the originals justice I am sure, but they are truly wonderful. They may be formal portraits, but there is a very human feel to them. These are not stiff remote people. There is a rounded softness to them and they are wonderfully detailed. The personality of the subject comes through.
    The Duke of Wellington was a handsome man.

    Reply
  74. I wished we lived closer to New Haven. These small pictures don’t do the originals justice I am sure, but they are truly wonderful. They may be formal portraits, but there is a very human feel to them. These are not stiff remote people. There is a rounded softness to them and they are wonderfully detailed. The personality of the subject comes through.
    The Duke of Wellington was a handsome man.

    Reply
  75. I wished we lived closer to New Haven. These small pictures don’t do the originals justice I am sure, but they are truly wonderful. They may be formal portraits, but there is a very human feel to them. These are not stiff remote people. There is a rounded softness to them and they are wonderfully detailed. The personality of the subject comes through.
    The Duke of Wellington was a handsome man.

    Reply

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