Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age
17.00 - 18.00, 25 March 2021
Amina Wright, author of a new book on Thomas Lawrence's first twenty-five years, discusses the early works of this young prodigy with LAW dealers Lowell Libson of Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd and Ben Elwes of Ben Elwes Fine Art. Both galleries have recently handled early works by Lawrence that will feature in a forthcoming online exhibition on the website of the Holburne Museum in Bath entitled Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age. Amina Wright has worked for three decades as a curator of historic art collections, exhibitions and interiors, specialising in eighteenth-century British art and Old Master paintings. She is currently Senior Curator of the Faith Museum in Bishop Auckland. The talk will be moderated by the leading art critic and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, whose wealth of art history knowledge will ensure an engaging conversation about Lawrence. Registrants to this talk can benefit from a 10% discount on the book of the same title written by Amina Wright (Philip Wilson Publishers).
Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and broadcasters in the English-speaking world. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC and he is the author of numerous books on subjects ranging from the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present day, including A History of British Art (1994), Renaissance (1999), Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel (2008) and Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (2010), which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Andrew is currently working on two books: a documentary biography of Vermeer and a wide-ranging study of art seen from the perspective of the history of thought, provisionally entitled Art as Idea. Both are to be published by Penguin Books.
Ben Elwes has worked in the international fine art market for over 30 years. He was a founder of Elwes & Hanham in Old Bond Street in London from 1993 to 2004, specialising in Old Master paintings. Rachel Layton Elwes joined forces with Ben to found Ben Elwes Fine Art in Mayfair in 2004. Ben Elwes Fine Art has sold to many important international private clients and museums, including the National Gallery, London, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and many others.
Amina Wright has worked for three decades as a curator of historic art collections, exhibitions and interiors, specialising in eighteenth-century British art and Old Master paintings. She is currently Senior Curator of the Faith Museum in Bishop Auckland and has recently completed an MA in Christianity and the Arts at King's College London. Publications include Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age Joseph (2020) and Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond (Philip Wilson, 2014).
Lowell Libson has over forty years' experience as a dealer in paintings and drawings and is regarded as a leading authority on British art of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Lowell began his career as a picture specialist at Phillips auctioneers before becoming a director of the Leger Galleries. In 1996 Lowell was appointed Managing Director of Spink-Leger Pictures before founding his own private gallery in 2001. Lowell has always believed passionately in advancing scholarship in British art. During his time at Spink-Leger, he mounted an unprecedented exhibition examining the rise of the plein air sketch in British nineteenth-century art: Feeling through the eye: The 'New' Landscape in Britain 1800-1830. This was followed by a pioneering exhibition in 2005 dedicated to the work of Cornelius Varley: The Art of Observation. Lowell and the gallery have regularly supported museum exhibitions, publications and acquisitions as well as fellowships and projects including the new drawings gallery at The Courtauld Gallery.