Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire (1760-1816) politician
Mezzotintpublished May 1796
About the work
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.
- Hobart, Robert, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire
- paper (as Subject), book (as subject), male portrait, 18th century costume, coat, waistcoat, cravat, coat of arms, Earl, Governor of Madras, Secretary of State for War & the Colonies, Member of Parliament, Privy Counsellor, Secretary of State for War, Postmaster General, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, President of the Board of Control, column, curtain, table (as Subject)
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