The Virtue of Faith

The Orville A. and Elma D. Wilkinson Fund

About George Henry Harlow

George Henry Harlow began his artistic career under the instruction of Sir Thomas Lawrence, president of London’s prestigious Royal Academy and a leading portraitist of his time. During his two-year apprenticeship, Harlow routinely copied the works of his master, instilling a rich knowledge of portraiture upon the young artist in the style of his teacher—romantic, polished, and theatrical. Upon an introduction from Lawrence, Harlow began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1804, and went on to produce portraits of notable figures from actors and fellow artists to the Prince of Wales (soon to be George IV), which were recognized for their excellence across various media, including oil, chalk, pencil, and crayon. In 1818, Harlow traveled to Italy to study the work of the Old Masters; he would die at a young age the following year.

English, June 10, 1787 - February 4, 1819, based in London, United Kingdom