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The Duke of Portland had been High Steward of Bristol in 1786 and this portrait was commissioned by the city to hang in the Mansion House in Queen Square. It cost 100 guineas. The portrait narrowly escaped destruction in the Bristol Riots of 1831, when the Mansion House was fired by a mob. Some of the contents were saved before the building was destroyed. Thomas Lawrence was born in Bristol but spent his childhood in Devizes where his father ran a coaching inn.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 238.8 x W 139.8 cm
civic painting, formally transferred, 2008