The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of November 21, 2017

Portrait of Catherine Grey, Lady Manners, 1794

oil on canvas, Framed: 280.5 x 185 x 9 cm (110 3/8 x 72 13/16 x 3 1/2 in.); Unframed: 255.3 x 158 cm (100 1/2 x 62 3/16 in.). Bequest of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1961.220

Catherine Gray, Lady Manners, rejected this portrait representing her as the goddess Juno, symbolized here by the peacock. To make up for the loss of sale, Lawrence exhibited the painting at the Royal Academy in 1794 "to be disposed of." It did not sell and remained in his collection until after his death. Despite the rejection, the painting displays all the hallmarks of Lawrence’s flamboyant style, dazzling brushwork, and innovative use of color that helped secure his role as successor to Joshua Reynolds.

London, Royal Academy, 1794, cat. no. 160.
London, National Gallery, 1913/14: "Woman and child in Art, Second National Loan Exhibition," cat. no. XXIX, p. 53. illus. (Catalogue by Francis Howard).
CMA, November 1961: "Year in Review," cat., Bull., (November 1961), p. 250 no. 63a, repr. p. 222.
CMA 1963: "Style, Truth, and the Portrait," cat. no. 43, illus. (catalogue by Rémy G Saisselin).
CMA, 1965: "Juxtapositions," (no catalogue).
CMA, November 22, 1983-January 22, 1984: "Portraiture: The Image of the Individual," no catalogue.
London, Tate Gallery, October 14, 1992-January 10, 1993: " The Swagger Portrait," cat.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (March 29, 2007 - July 8, 2007): "Masterpieces of European Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT (2/24/2011 - 6/5/2011): "Thomas Lawrence: Regency, Power & Brilliance", ex. cat. no. 9, p. 118-119.

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