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Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famous portrait depicts Louisa Georgina Augusta Anne Murray (1822–1891) as a young girl aged 3 to 5. She joyfully skips towards us, presenting a skirt full of freshly picked flowers. Her wide eyes and rosy cheeks immediately indicate a sense of innocent childhood joy. This painting has become one of the most reproduced images of a British child, appearing on numerous biscuit tins and chocolate boxes. At the time it was painted, it was well known that Miss Murray was the goddaughter of the military commander and Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington – a fact that likely increased the painting’s popularity. Lawrence was one of Britain’s most celebrated portraitists: knighted for his artistic achievements in 1815 and elected President of The Royal Academy in 1820.

English Heritage, Kenwood



Miss Murray




oil on canvas


H 135.9 x W 108 cm

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Iveagh Bequest, 1929

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