Miss West (Harriott Woodgate (née West), 1804-1879)
- 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.
- Miss West (Harriott Woodgate (née West), 1804-1879)
- published 1908
- Origin uncertain
- below image: [right, in pencil] Norman Hirst; [bottom centre of mount on to which print is laid down] Miss West / (Mezzotint Engraving)) / after / Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A.
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