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Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Julius Angerstein, aged over 80

Key facts
Full title John Julius Angerstein, aged over 80
Artist Sir Thomas Lawrence
Artist dates 1769 - 1830
Date made 1824
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 91.5 × 71 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by William IV, 1836
Inventory number NG129
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
John Julius Angerstein, aged over 80
Sir Thomas Lawrence

This is Lawrence’s own copy of a portrait he painted of John Julius Angerstein (1735–1823) aged 84. The original was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1816, and Lawrence considered it one of his best works. Angerstein was Lawrence’s friend and patron for over 30 years. Lawrence first painted him in 1790 (National Gallery, London), when Angerstein was 55 and Lawrence was about 20.

Angerstein was a businessman and philanthropist, ‘much respected for his good heart and intentions’ as well as his effective fundraising for worthy causes. He was also a passionate collector of paintings, and after his death in 1823 the British government purchased 38 paintings from his collection to form the basis of a National Gallery.

King George IV expressed his wish to have a replica of the portrait. Lawrence borrowed the original from Angerstein’s son, John, who had inherited it, and made this copy for the King.

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