Framed oil painting: unfinished portrait of Arthur Atherley by Thomas Lawrence, oil on canvas, 1791

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2016.1

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Framed oil painting: unfinished portrait of Arthur Atherley by Thomas Lawrence, oil on canvas, 1791

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NEW ACQUISITION

Arthur Atherley (1772–1844)
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830)
Oil on canvas, 1791

Thomas Lawrence lived and worked in Bath during his teens, from 1780 to 1787. Five years after leaving Bath, he exhibited a three-quarter-length portrait of Arthur Atherley at the Royal Academy. This is Lawrence’s original sketch for that portrait (now in the Los Angeles County Museum), one of the artist’s best-known and most striking works.

The artist was just three years older than his nineteen-year-old sitter, who had recently left Eton College.

2016.1
Acquired with support from the Art Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and donations from Friends, Patrons and visitors of the Holburne, 2016

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Yes
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