LAWRANSON, WILLIAM

(fl. 1760-1780)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Son of Thomas Lawranson (q.v.). He worked in London in the latter part of the eighteenth century, chiefly as a portrait painter in crayons. In each year from 1760 to 1766 he gained premiums for drawings at the Society of Arts. He was a member of the Society of Artists, and contributed pastels to its exhibitions from 1760 to 1773. He also exhibited in the Royal Academy from 1774 to 1777, and again, for the last time, in 1780. Nothing is known of him after this date. He scraped two good mezzotints, viz.: a "Portrait of William Smith as Iachimo, in Cymbeline," 1772, from a drawing by himself exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1771; and a "Portrait of his father, Thomas Lawranson." Amongst his other works were:

His own Portrait. Soc. Artists, 1760.

Mrs. Baddeley. Soc. Artists, 1760.

Anne Cattley, as Euphrosyne. Engraved in mezzotint by R. Dunkarton, 1777.

Sir Eyre Coote. Engraved by J. Walker.

Joseph D'Almeida. Engraved in mezzotint by J. Jones, 1783.

Mrs. Edwards. Engraved in mezzotint by J. Jones, 1780.

Sarah Gyles, daughter of James Gyles, enameller. Engraved by B. Reading.

Mrs. Hartley. R.A., 1774.

William Powell, actor. Engraved in mezzotint by John Dixon, 1769.

Thomas Price. Engraved in mezzotint by J. Jones, 1783.

Signor Sestini. Engraved in mezzotint by J. Jones, 1780.

Benjamin West. Engraved in mezzotint by Pether.

A Lady Haymaking. Engraved in mezzotint by J. R. Smith, 1780.

Palemon and Lavinia. Engraved in mezzotint by J. R. Smith, 1780.

Cymon and Iphigenia. Engraved in mezzotint by J. R. Smith, 1784.

Rosalind and Celia. Engraved in mezzotint by J. R. Smith, 1784.

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