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William Lock of Norbury (1732–1810)

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Lawrence was the leading English portraitist at the end of the eighteenth century, in the generation following that of Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough. This insightful characterization, painted when Lawrence was only twenty-one, exemplifies the artist's desire to make portraits with a...

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By 1898, with Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, England [see note 1]; 1898, sold by Arthur Tooth to Denman W. Ross; 1902, gift of Denman Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: October 1, 1902) NOTES: [1] According to Arthur Tooth's bill of sale to Denman W. Ross, March, 1898, this picture was previously in the collection of William Angerstein, a friend of the artist. This is also stated in Arthur Tooth and Sons, "Catalogue of High Class Paintings of the Early English Masters and Barbizon School,"March, 1898.

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Gift of Denman Waldo Ross as a Memorial to Charles G. Loring



76.3 x 63.7 cm ( 30 1/16 x 25 1/16 in.)

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Oil on canvas