Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, 1769–1830),
Portrait of Sir Samuel Shepherd (1760–1840)
oil on canvas, 50 ½ x 40 ½ in.; 128.27 x 102.87 cm
Gift, through purchase, of Helen and Ted Kolderie, 2005.28
An excellent draughtsman and brilliant colorist, Lawrence was much sought-after as England’s leading early Romantic portraitist. A child prodigy, drawing portraits at the age of six, he entered the Royal Academy School of Arts at eighteen. In 1792 he was appointed Painter-in-Ordinary to King George III. Lawrence served as President of the Royal Academy from 1820 until his death in 1830.
Son of a London jeweler, Samuel Shepherd was a lawyer and politician. He was appointed Solicitor-General to the Crown and rose to occupy the post of Chief Baron of the Court of the Exchequer in Scotland. An amateur poet, Shepherd was a close friend of Sir Walter Scott.