I went to see the Thomas Lawrence exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery today and it was gorgeous. If you are in/near London I would really recommend it (heads up - it is very expensive, £9 for students). He captured high society with warmth and charm. I would love to have him paint me because he seems to have brought out the best in all his subjects. He is also particularly brilliant with details - fashions, textiles, jewels - so you can bask in the Regency glory.
These pictures do not do the large paintings justice but they are still lovely...
(Marguerite, Countess of Blessington - Wallace Collection, London)
(Lady Peel - Frick Collection, New York)
(The Daughters of Colonel Thomas Carteret Hardy - Cleveland Museum of Art?)
(Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington)
(Pope Pius VII - Royal Collection, Windsor)
(Elizabeth Farren - The Met, NY)
(Mary Hamilton - close up c/o the British Museum, London)
(Queen Charlotte - National Gallery, London)
(Look at her hand, it is just perfect - close up c/o Making a Mark)
I hope you enjoyed wallowing in all that beauty as much as I did.