Catalogue of Painting by Thomas Lawrence 1882. [and a history of their exhibition and sale]. Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Catalogue of Painting by Thomas Lawrence 1882. [and a history of their exhibition and sale].
Catalogue of Painting by Thomas Lawrence 1882. [and a history of their exhibition and sale].
Catalogue of Painting by Thomas Lawrence 1882. [and a history of their exhibition and sale].
Prepared by Leonard Charles Price of Essex Lodge, Ewell, Surrey

Catalogue of Painting by Thomas Lawrence 1882. [and a history of their exhibition and sale].

England, 1882-1901. Item #851

Folio album. 340 x 220 mm., [13 ¼ x 8 ½ inches]. 190 pp.  Elaborately decorated title-page, tipped-in and pasted in images of Lawrence and his painting.  Text filled with hand written descriptions in legible hand, news clippings, clipped auction descriptions, reproductions of paintings.  Bound in morocco backed linen cloth boards, rebacked with label reading, ‘Sir/Thomas Lawrence/Scrapbook/1882-1901.


Copiously annotated in manuscript, throughout.  An extensive, meticulously assembled record of known paintings by Sir Thomas Lawrence, compiled by Leonard Charles Price at a time when the Lawrence’s work was most eagerly sought after in both England and America, and the country house estates were yielding paintings in great numbers.  At the time his paintings were fetching impressive prices at auction, often in the mid-six figures, and sometimes in the one-to-three-million-dollar range.


In nearly 200 pages, the catalogue consists of manuscript entries, clipped auction records, dealer’s catalogue entries, newspapers and art journal articles, arranged alphabetically by subject, and estra-illustrated  with clipped reproductions from the day.  Prices realized at action are noted, along with previous and present ownership.


The compiler, Price was an amateur genealogist, and he provides detailed biographical notes on portrait subjects.  A letter from a family friend and owner of Lawrence’s work suggests Price forbearers were associated with the artists, and this may be the inspiration for this laborious undertaking.  The album, initiated and primarily executed from 1882 to 1901, continues well into the 20th century with supplementary material as late as 1930.  It is an exhaustive assemblage of fugitive information easily overlooked by modern scholars, especially in matters of provenance. 


An essential document.


Burke’s Peerage cites Leonard Charles Price as being born in 1855.  A collection of family bookplates, organized and annotated by Price in a similar way as this album appeared in a Bonham’s sale in 2005.

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Price: $2,500.00