King William IV (1765-1837) Reigned 1830-1837
Mezzotintpublished September 1831
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Thomas Hodgetts was a London-based landscape painter and mezzotint engraver of portraits and landscapes. He exhibited ten works at the Royal Academy, two at the British Institution and eleven at the Society of Artists in Suffolk Street, London.
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.