Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (1769-1830)
Portrait of the actor Thomas Grist
Pencil and red crayon
7.8 X 6.4 inches, oval
Signed with initials and dated 1788
Thomas Grist (d.1808) was a provincial actor who toured widely and was apparently a friend (and most likely a customer) of Lawrence's father, who kept the Black Bear Inn, in Devizes, on the route between Bath and London. Grist's daughter Harriet (d.1833) was also an actor.
Literature: Levey, Michael. Sir Thomas Lawrence, 2005, p. 73.