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The Wonder of the Times: Thomas Lawrence in Bath Amina Wright Tuesday 11 February 2020

When Thomas Lawrence and his family arrived in Bath in 1780, he was eleven years old and already well known for his astonishing skill in drawing likenesses. His extraordinary gift as a maker of fashionable pastel portraits, pencil drawings and copies after Old Masters made him the main breadwinner for his family.  Sitters included such celebrities as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and the actress Sarah Siddons.  On turning eighteen, he left Bath for the Capital, ready to ‘risk my reputation with any painter in London’.  Two years later, he painted the Queen and his success as Britain’s leading portrait painter was secured.