Paintings, drawings, etchings -- Images of the past, mostly Regency, of real people (famous or not).
1819 - Pope Pius VII (1742-1823) by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) Commissioned by George IV in 1819 for £525 Thomas Lawrence dominated the art of portrait painting in England for forty years, undertaking commissions for the future George IV from 1814.
"Rubens Peale with a Geranium" in 1801 by Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860). Oil on canvas (71x61cm). National Gallery, Washington. Rubens (1784-1865) was the fourth son of Charles Wilson Peale. While his brother did become painter Rubens was a botanist. The geranium was the first specimen grown in the New World. The work commemorated his brother's horticultural triumph. The own skill is evident in the clearly light on cheeks, and in the focus of the glasses, an example of the artist's early maturity.
Lady Hester Stanhope 1776 to 1839 The Granddaughter of Pitt the Elder and Niece of Pitt the Younger. From 1803 to 1806 Hostess of William Pitt the Younger's Household. Also notable for giving up England, journeying to the Middle East where she was known as Queen Hester, dressed in Turkish clothing, had adventures, and caused the first Archeological excavation of modern times.