This portrait is a fine example of the artist’s late work. Garlick dated the painting to after 1820 and the sitter's jewellery, dress and hairstyle would indicate a date close to 1825 – just 5 years before Lawrence’s death. Other works by Lawrence from this period include his portrait of the King’s favourite sister, Princess Sophia (Royal Collection, Windsor Castle) and his full-length portrait of Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry with her son Viscount Seaham (Marquess of Londonderry). The contrast of the sitter’s jet-black hair against the rich, red background is a striking effect – perhaps consciously recalling Roman wall-painting at Pompeii, whose excavations were underway at this time.
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