Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough (1750-1818) judge; Chief Justice of the King’s Bench

  • About the work

    This print, and a plan to republish it after 1809, was discussed in debates over fair copyright procedures during the early 1830s. In 1833 'The Athenaeum' reported:

    ‘…Lord Ellensborough, having granted permission to Mr. Cribb to publish an engraving from Lawrence’s picture, was subsequently applied to, for like permission, by Mr. Asperne; and his lordship referred Mr. Asperne to Mr. Cribb, to know whether such republication would affect his interest: Mr Cribb thought it would, and his lordship declined, not because he had no 'right', but because he could not, under circumstances, accede to the request with propriety or with honour.’

  • 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.
  • Explore
    People
    Law, Edward, 1st Baron Ellenborough
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough (1750-1818) judge; Chief Justice of the King’s Bench
    Date
    published 2 January 1809
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Dimensions
    height: 52.50 cm, width: 37.90 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    GAC number
    17214