About this artwork

Dr John Moore was a Scottish physician and writer. In 1747 he started his medical career with the North British Fusiliers. He served in the Netherlands but returned when peace was made in 1748. Moore continued his medical studies in London and Paris, and in 1750 he joined a Glasgow surgery practice. After attending James George, Duke of Hamilton, who died of tuberculosis in 1769, he became a friend of the Hamilton family. The following year he was asked to accompany the new duke, fourteen-year-old Douglas, on his ‘grand tour’. On his return in 1777 Moore retired from medical practice and moved his family from Glasgow to London. From then on he devoted his life to writing about his travel experiences and published several novels, the most famous being ‘Zeluco’ (1789).

Sir Thomas Lawrence

Sir Thomas Lawrence

Lawrence was a child prodigy, supporting his family from boyhood by selling pastel portraits to visitors to Bath. By 1786 he had moved to London where he briefly attended the Royal Academy Schools. He rapidly established himself as a brilliant and successful portrait painter, exhibiting an astonishingly ambitious full-length of Queen Charlotte in 1790 (now at the National Gallery, London). He was knighted in 1815 and became President of the Royal Academy in 1820. His sitters - whether society beauties, theatrical stars or military commanders - embody the romantic, slightly raffish, glamour associated with the Regency period.