Lawrence as Portraitist to the Congress of Vienna

Conference Rooms, St James’s, Piccadilly, London SW1J 9LL (access via Church Place at the east end of the church)

Lecture by Andrew Wilton.

Thomas Lawrence was a virtuoso – the equivalent in portraiture of Turner in landscape – and they were contemporaries. By 1814 when the Allied leaders came to London to celebrate Napoleon’s defeat, it was appropriate that Lawrence should record them for posterity. His spectacular series of likenesses, finished in Vienna and Rome, was later assembled in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, one of the greatest achievements of any British painter.

Entrance is free, without ticket.

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