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Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1769–1830
copy after Raphael, Italian, 1483–1520
Drawing after The Transfiguration
Materials & Techniques:
Pastel on medium, slightly textured, gray wove paper mounted on linen
Sheet: 46 1/4 x 29 inches (117.5 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
clouds | disciples | religious and mythological subject
Associated People:
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IIIF Manifest:

This very early work by Thomas Lawrence is a copy of Raphael’s Transfiguration (1520). Made when Lawrence was only thirteen years old, it proved to be a pivotal work in his career. The Transfiguration was Raphael’s last and most celebrated painting, left unfinished at the time of his death. It was in Rome when British Grand Tourists saw and admired it, except for a short period between 1797 and 1815, when Napoleon seized it and took it to Paris. Grand Tourists commissioned copies of the picture, and Lawrence worked from one of those copies in the famous picture collection of Charles Hamilton in Bath, close to his childhood home. Lawrence sent his copy to London in 1784, where it won the prize of a silver-gilt palette and five guineas awarded by a committee of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Cassandra Albinson, Thomas Lawrence, Regency power & brilliance , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2010, p. xiii, fig. 2, NJ18 L42 T56 2010 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Naomi Billingsley, The visionary art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination, I.B. Tauris, London ; New York, p. 115, fig. 27, NJ18.B57 B55 2018 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]

Thomas Lawrence : coming of age, 1780- 1794, Phillips Wilson Publishers, London, p. 36, fig. 13, NJ18.L42 W75 2020 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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