The Honorable Caroline Upton by Thomas Lawrence
The Honorable Caroline Upton by Thomas Lawrence

The Honorable Caroline Upton

The Honorable Caroline Upton c1800 by British Painter Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830); a child prodigy who at the age of ten was supporting his family with his artwork and was consider a leading portrait painter of his time.

This portrait painting of a young lady is reminiscent of a piece of cameo jewelry as the artist has painted it as a half bust portrait in a side view.

Her brown hair is folded up toward the back and a large dark brown band with orange accents along parts of its edges is tied around her hair from the top of her head to the base of the back of her head.

She is wearing a classic white blouse, which folds across her chest and there is a pendant with two rubies that hang at the center just below her breast line.

Over the long sleeve of her right arm, above the elbow is an gold arm band that is engraved with a mystical scene that contains four figures and a large face that has a fearful look on it, in which two of the figures are standing in front or; while a female figure sits on bench of sorts playing a lyre a short distance from them; and another, which appears to be an angel flies above and behind her.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Below Info Courtesy Wikipedia.org

Thomas was one of 16 children born to Thomas Lawrence and Lucy Read on April 13, 1769 and was one of the five children that survived infancy.

At an early age Thomas showed is artistic talents and was consider to be a child prodigy; who at the age of 10 years was supporting his family with the pastel portraits he created.

Not only was he a self taught portraitist, but also a draughtsman; and would later become accomplished at dancing, fencing, boxing and billiards.

When Thomas turned 18 years old he went to London and quickly established a reputation as a portrait painter in oils, which led to him receiving his first royalty commission from Queen Charlotte (Sopia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1744 – 1818) of Great Britain and Queen of Ireland; for a portrait he did of her in 1790.

From then on he would be the most fashionable portrait painter in Europe; painting portraits for the elite of society, until his death in 1830 at the age of 60.

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