Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet (1788-1850) Prime Minister

  • 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.
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    Peel, Sir Robert, 2nd Baronet
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    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet (1788-1850) Prime Minister
    Date
    20 March 1828
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Dimensions
    height: 56.50 cm; width: 41.70 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Provenance
    Inland Revenue, Somerset House, by 1955; transferred to GAC 2012
    GAC number
    3218