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John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1792-1840) Governor-in-Chief of British North America and High Commissioner to Canada

Charles Edward Wagstaff

John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1792-1840) Governor-in-Chief of British North America and High Commissioner to Canada


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ArtistSir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
EngraverCharles Edward Wagstaff (1808-1850)
TitleJohn George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1792-1840) Governor-in-Chief of British North America and High Commissioner to Canada
Datepublished 11 June 1838
MediumMezzotint
Dimensionsheight: 41.70 cm, width: 28.90 cm
Letteringbelow image: SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE, P.R.A. C.E. WAGSTAFF. / THE EARL OF DURHAM.
PublishedHodgson & Graves, Pall Mall, London, 11 June 1838 [NB this is not visible under present mount - JT 2/2001]
AcquisitionPurchased from F B Daniell, December 1952
LocationCanada, Ottawa, British High Commission
GAC number1994
 

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This print was published in 1838 within Part V of a series of ‘Engravings from the Works of Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.’ A reporter for ‘The Athenaeum’ expressed his admiration for Wagstaff’s engraving of Lambton: ‘whether for the power and intellect of the head, or the bold and simple arrangement of the drapery. The appearance of this last engraving is peculiarly well timed.’ (In the year this print was published, Lambton was appointed Governor-in-Chief of British North America and High Commissioner to Lower Canada.)

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Sir Thomas Lawrence

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 W. 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 J. 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 B. West as President of the Royal Academy in 1820.