James Lonsdale was born in Lancaster. He became a pupil of George Romney and a student at the Royal Academy. He first exhibited at the Academy in 1802. On the death of John Opie in 1807, Lonsdale purchased Opie’s house in Berners Street, where he resided for the rest of his life. He was one of the founders of the Society of British Artists. He was also Portrait Painter in Ordinary to the Duke of Sussex and Queen Caroline and a portrait painter to the Beefsteak Society. He painted ‘King John signing the Magna Carta’ for the Duke of Norfolk at Arundel Castle and painted the Emperor of Russia, the King of the Belgians and Archduke Maximilian of Austria. Lonsdale died in Berners Street in January 1839. He left a widow and three sons.
Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868) Lord Chancellor
Pencil on paper
height: 45.00 cm, width: 36.00 cm
Purchased from Appleby Bros, May 1975
Recto, on paper held by Brougham: 'A Bill for preventing Abuses / of Charities'; on paper attached to verso, in hand of Lady Malet, Brougham's stepdaughter: 'This drawing was bought because of its strong resemblance to Ld. Brougham as I remember him in my childhood. The eyes should be smaller and the brow more rugged - all the gleam and fire of his eye is wanting, but no drawing could give that - and on the whole it powerfully reminds me of old Ld. Brougham; the picture of which this is the sketch is very like - but it is too good-looking to be a keen resemblance. M. D. Malet. At Wilbury in May. I thought I would write this.’; on paper attached to verso: 'A sketch for the portrait of Henry Brougham by james Lonsdale. Painted circa 1820 The original portrait is in the posession of the present Ld Brougham There is a duplicate by the artist in the National Portrait Gallery though it is not on exhibition. The above statement was made [?] [?] by Mrs Frances Hawes who has published a book on Ld Brougham [. . .etc]’
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