A boy with style. The Red Boy (1825) was painted by the

A boy with style. The Red Boy (1825) was painted by the

8/21/2021, 6:00:16 PM
A boy with style. The Red Boy (1825) was painted by the British artist Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830). The seven-year old boy shown here is Charles William Lambton, who came from an influential family, and he is also known as Master Lambton. His grandfather Charles Grey would later become the prime minister of the United Kingdom and his father was a member of Parliament. It is the relaxed pose and the crimson red outfit which give the feeling that this boy is living a carefree and happy life. His father paid the artist 600 guineas to paint this portrait, which was an enormous amount of money as that is equivalent to about $60,000 today. But to put it in perspective, earlier this year the National Gallery acquired the work for over $10 million. But for that money, he could make some requests. Lawrence had first painted the boy in yellow. But this created an entirely different feeling than the lovely work we see today. The reason was that the yellow did not distinguish itself enough from the browns of the gravel and the rocks in the background, resulting in a pretty monotonous portrait. Finally, when I see a portrait of a kid, I am often curious to know what became of him/her. In this case, the outcome was quite sad, as he died at age 13 from tuberculosis. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #ThomasLawrence #Lawrence #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Portrait #PortraitPainting #Happy #Carefree #RedBoy

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