This is a copy by Dorofield Hardy (active 1882-1931) of a three-quarter length portrait of Viscount Castlereagh by Sir Thomas Lawrence, now in the Royal Collection. It shows the sitter facing the viewer, holding a rolled paper and wearing the Garter star, which he was awarded in 1814, the year that the original portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy. This is one of two copies after Thomas Lawrence's 1814 portrait presented to the Government by Lord Londonderry in 1926.
Dorofield Hardy was a painter of figures, landscapes, interiors and miniature portraits. In 1889, he was living in Pembridge Place, Bayswater, when he exhibited a single work at the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, entitled ‘A New Piece’. Following this he exhibited at numerous other venues, including 16 works at the Dudley Gallery, London; eleven at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and eight at the Royal Miniature Society. Hardy was also frequently employed to produce accurate copies of works by other artists.
Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (1769-1822) politician
Oil on canvas
height: 127.00 cm, width: 102.00 cm
Presented by Lord Londonderry, 1926
On stretcher, in pencil: "Copied by Dorofield Hardy from the original by Sir Thos. Lawrence PRA"
Presented to the Foreign Office by Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry in 1926, having been lent in 1925 to be hung in the Foreign Office during the signing of the Treaty of Locarno
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