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image of Lady Mary Templetown and Her Eldest Son Sir Thomas Lawrence (artist)
British, 1769 - 1830
Lady Mary Templetown and Her Eldest Son, 1802
oil on canvas
overall: 215 x 149 cm (84 5/8 x 58 11/16 in.) framed: 246.7 x 179.1 cm (97 1/8 x 70 1/2 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.96
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From the Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s
Object 7 of 12

Conservation Notes

The medium-weight canvas is twill woven; it has been lined, but the tacking margins survive intact. The present stretcher is presumably larger than the original stretcher as there is an eighth of an inch of unpainted canvas visible along the top and right edges. The ground is slightly off-white, thinly applied. The painting is executed both thinly and thickly, with impasto especially evident in the whites; Lady Mary's gown and veil are broadly handled, but more worked than the background, with the shadows painted both under and over the white; much of the foliage is quickly and drily painted. The heads have been heavily reworked by the artist, and the smooth paint in these passages masks the prominent weave of the canvas. Lady Mary's right arm has been repositioned, as has the ribbon on her cap. The paint is abraded in places, and some of the impasto has been slightly flattened during lining. There is a prominent craquelure and discolored though not extensive retouching, especially disfiguring in the child's dress. The natural resin varnish has discolored to a moderate degree.

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