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Portrait of a Dignitary

previously attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence, N.A., British, (April 13, 1769–January 7, 1830)
Attributed to George Dawe, British, (1781–1829)

Creation date: ca. 1825
Creation place: United Kingdom

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1943.42
Dimensions: 49 7/8 in. x 36 1/8 in. (126.68 cm x 91.76 cm)


Leggatt Brothers, London, England ( - )

Mr. Aran?, Saint Petersburg, Russia ( - )

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York (by early 1942, when it was exhibited as part of the Heimann collection at the Po - 1943)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (1943 - December 31, 1943)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 31, 1943 - )

Label Copy

This painting was considered to be the work of Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830) when it was acquired, and the sitter was identified as Sidki Efendi, who was the Turkish ambassador to the British court around the year 1800. Now, however, the portrait is thought to be by a follower of Lawrence, and it has recently been proposed that the artist is the painter George Dawe. Under the patronage of the English Royal Family, Dawe travelled throughout Europe and painted portraits of aristocrats, diplomats, and military leaders. He later spent nine years working in Russia at the invitation of Tsar Alexander I, again concentrating on portraits of military officers and figures at court. The reattribution to the work is supported not only by its stylistic similarity to his works, but also by the painting’s Russian provenance.
Last Updated: 8/27/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Sir Thomas Lawrence as Painter and Collector Columbus Museum of Art , 10/7/1955 - 11/13/1955

The Taste of Napoleon The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , 10/2/1969 - 11/16/1969


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 134, 135, 136, Figure Number: 135

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 32, 33, Figure Number: 33

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, January 1, 1945-January 14, 1945
Page Number: 41

Arthur Millier. The Art Digest The Art Digest, Inc.. New York, New York, January 1, 1948
Page Number: 31

William Wyatt Davenport. Art Treasures in the West Lane Magazine & Book Company. Menlo Park, California, 1966
Page Number: 135, Figure Number: 135

Mr. Ross E. Taggart, ed. The Taste of Napoleon, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City, Missouri, 1969
Page Number: 51 no. 40, 52, Figure Number: 40

Arthur Millier. The Art Digest The Art Digest, Inc.. New York, New York, January 1, 1948
Page Number: 31

Mahonri Sharp Young. Apollo, Apollo Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, February 1970
Page Number: 154, 155, Figure Number: 3

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