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Self Portrait
(Born Bristol, 13 April 1769; died London, 7 January 1830). The outstanding English portrait painter of his generation. Lawrence was a child prodigy and was almost entirely self-taught. He was also handsome and charming, and after a resounding early triumph with his portrait of Queen Charlotte (1789–90, NG, London) he never looked back in terms of professional and social success (the queen herself disliked the portrait, but it was acclaimed when exhibited at the Royal Academy).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)