Institute of Fine Arts
New York University
New York, NY
SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE was born on April 13, 1769, in Bristol, England. His artistic talents developed at an early age, and he began sketching to help support his family financially. Moving to London in his early 20s, Lawrence studied portraiture at the English Royal Academy. He took up lodgings in Leicester Square to be near the renowned portraitist and academician, Sir Joshua Reynolds. Although Lawrence was not Reynolds' student, he became acquainted with the great painter and displayed some of his early portraits to the master.
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