The Calmady Children (Emily, 1818–?1906, and Laura Anne, 1820–1894)

Sir Thomas Lawrence British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 628

The rosy cheeks, rumpled chemises, and tumbling curls of Emily and Laura Anne Calmady reflect a new admiration for childhood and innocence that found expression in the portraiture of the early nineteenth century. Rather than depicting his sitters as miniature adults, Lawrence idealized the sweetness of youth and the affectionate bond between sisters. The artist once described the portrait as “my best picture . . . one of the few I should wish hereafter to be known by.”

The Calmady Children (Emily, 1818–?1906, and Laura Anne, 1820–1894), Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, Bristol 1769–1830 London), Oil on canvas

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