Happy Birthday Sir Thomas Lawrence!! English painter, born in 1769, his father was an innkeeper and he had 15 brothers and sisters! A child prodigy, Lawrence began supporting his family at an young age with pastel portraits of nobility. Later he trained at the Royal Academy School of the Arts, learning to paint with oils. He became a painter for King George III and was knighted in 1815. He is considered to be the final great English portrait painters. His work was dramatic with rich color and textures in the Romantic style. The portrait I am including today is the Calmady Children.