laura and ross

Miss Laura Dorothea Ross (Mrs Francis Robertson) (c.1798-1804). Sir Thomas Lawrence (English, 1769-1830). Oil paint on canvas. Tate.

Beginning as a child prodigy working in pastels, the gifted Lawrence eventually succeeded Reynolds as Britain’s greatest portrait painter, With the temperament and flair to capture the glamour of the age, Lawrence created the image of Regency high-society with dazzling brushwork and an innovative use of colour.