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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (Bristol 1769-1830 London)

    Portrait of John Angerstein, M.P., half-length, in profile to the left, wearing a high stock and a jacket

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (Bristol 1769-1830 London)
    Portrait of John Angerstein, M.P., half-length, in profile to the left, wearing a high stock and a jacket
    pencil and stumping, watermark 'W ELGAR/ 1797'
    9 ¾ x 7 7/8 in. (24.7 x 20 cm.)


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    Lawrence first met John Angerstein (1772/3-1858) around 1790, when Angerstein’s father, John Julius, took charge of the artist's financial affairs. Angerstein Senior moved in literary and artistic circles and commissioned Sir Joshua Reynolds to paint his children John and Julia (see lot 77) in an intimate double portrait which was reproduced in mezzotint by James Scott, published by Henry Graves. John Angerstein eschewed his father’s business in favour of living the life of a gentleman. He entered politics and was elected as M.P. for Camelford, Cornwall in 1796, aged 24. In the present drawing he is depicted as a young man – his strong profile elegant, sporting a high stock in the latest fashion. A portrait in oils by Lawrence of John Angerstein was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1830, and sold in these Rooms, 18 December 1953, lot 5. There is also a copy by John Smart.

    Provenance

    The sitter and by descent in the family to the present owner.