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This portrait, depicting Joseph Farington standing in a rocky landscape, is a major romantic work by Sir Thomas Lawrence, one of the greatest of English portrait painters. Farington was a topographical artist in the picturesque tradition, but he is best remembered as the author of the famous 'Farington Diary' which is an invaluable source of information on artists, writers and poets he had met in his capacity as administrator and principal spokesman of the Royal Academy.
oil on canvas
H 73.8 x W 65 cm
purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1992