Sir Thomas Lawrence

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The picture seems to have been commenced as an ad vivum study for what is generally regarded as Lawrence’s most sympathetic portrait of George IV, the full-length seated on a chaise-longue, now in the Wallace Collection. The artist was particularly pleased with the work, writing in 1822: ‘I am completing … a portrait of the King in his private dress – perhaps my most successful resemblance, and the most interesting from its being so entirely of a simple domestic character.’