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The Life And Correspondence Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Kt. President Of The Royal Academy, Ll.D. F.R.S. Knight Of The Legion Of Honour, &c. &c. &c. By D.E. Williams, Esq. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. (II.)

D. E. Williams

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London:: Henry Colburn And Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street., 1831.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 222 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I.: xxiv, 473, [1] p., frontis. (port.). - Vol. II.:[ii], viii, 586 p., frontis. (port.).


Vol. I: [Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents Of The First Volume - [Text] - Appendix; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-title, frontis., t.p.] - Contents - [Text] - Appendix; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portraits of Lawrence are signed as drawn or painted by himself, and as engraved by J. Worthington (Vol. I.) or T.A. Dean (Vol. II.).

Both carry the publishers' imprint of Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, and the date (1830 in Vol. I; 1831 in Vol. II.).

The name of the printer of Volume I is given on the verso of the title-page and in the colophon: 'London: Printed By Samuel Bentley, Dorset Street, Fleet-street.' That of Volume II is given on its half-title verso and its colophon: 'London: Printed By Ibotson And Palmer, Savoy Street, Strand.'

The work is dedicated by D.E. Williams to Sir Robert Peel.


M. Levey, Sir Thomas Lawrence (2005); K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence: portraits of an age [exhibition catalogue] (1993); K.J. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence (1989); M. Levey, Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769-1830 [exhibition catalogue] (1979); Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA [Royal Academy exhibition catalogue] (1961).

Summary Note

The title-pages carry the date 1831. The frontispiece portrait of Volume I carries that of 1830.

Williams's biography was done in haste and contains many errors; but is valuable for the many letters which it includes, and for Miss Croft's journal of the last week of Lawrence's life.

The Appendix to Volume I consists of two addresses to the students of the Royal Academy (1823, 1825), and 'Catalogues Of The Royal Academy, From 1769 to 1830'. That of Volume II consists of 'Translation Of The Foreign Letters And Documents'.


A microfilm was made by the British Library in 1991.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers decorated in blind; spines lettered 'Life Of Sir. Thomas Lawrence - Vol. I. (II.)'.

Name as Subject


Artists - Painters - Portraitists - Academies (organizations) - Great Britain - London - History - 18th century - 19th century
Biography - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century