Sir Thomas Lawrence, Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby (1790). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940 (50.135.5)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby (1790). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward S. Harkness, 1940 (50.135.5)

Introducing Artstor staff pick of the week, featuring an image from the Digital Library chosen by a different member of our team.

This week, Dustin Wees, ARTstor’s Director of Metadata and Cataloging, chooses Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of Elizabeth Farren. Dustin writes: “The fresh air, the shimmering fabric and sumptuous fur, the glance in our direction, and the wealth of rapid brushstrokes bring to life this celebrated actress on the London stage. The artist, only 21 when he completed this life-size “study in white,” merges the theatricality of paint with the theatricality of pose and dress.”