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Jane Allnutt, later Jane Carr

Date: ca. 1825
15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm.)
Medium: oil on canvas
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from the Art Collectors' Council
Object Number: 99.12
Label Text:This small painting of Jane Allnut, the daughter of one of Thomas Lawrence’s most important patrons, may have been started as a study for a larger portrait. Though unfinished, it reveals much about the artist’s practice. The contrasting light and shadow, brightly illuminating the left side of the painting, while eclipsing the right, lent drama to this image of the seven-year-old girl. Lawrence became one of the most sought-after portraitists of the early 19th century for just such dazzling effects of presentation.