Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (1769-1822) politician
Oil on canvas
About the work
Place: Foreign. Commonwealth & Development Office, Carlton Gardens
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.
About the artist
Sir Thomas Lawrence was born in Bristol; the son of a supervisor of excise. In 1773 the family moved to Wiltshire to run a coaching inn but financial difficulties led them to move again to Bath, where Lawrence first worked as a portraitist. He may have had lessons from William Hoare, before enrolling at the Royal Academy schools in 1787. Aged 20, he received a royal commission for portraits of Queen Charlotte (1789-90) and Princess Amelia (1789). At 23 he replaced Reynolds as Painter-in-Ordinary and at 25, became a Royal Academician. Despite such success, he never escaped crippling debt. In 1815 he was knighted and commissioned to paint the Waterloo Chamber series of portraits. He replaced West as President of the Royal Academy in 1820.
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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