CIRCLE OF SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE (BRISTOL 1769-1830 LONDON)
Portrait of Princess Charlotte (1796-1817)
oil on canvas
29 7/8 x 25 in. (75.9 x 63.5 cm.)
Major Frank Goldsmith (1878-1967), MP, and by descent to the present owner.
After the picture of 1801-2 at Buckingham Palace of the Princess with her mother Queen Caroline. There is another portrait by Lawrence, of the same size as the present in lot, at Windsor Castle.
Goldsmith was a Conservative Party politician who served as a MP. Born in Germany, the Major’s political career came to an end due to anti-German sentiment during the First World War. Goldsmith, a friend of Winston Churchill, left Britain to serve in Gallipoli and never returned due to his feelings of betrayal. He settled in Paris subsequently where he became a director of a chain of luxury hotels. During the Second World War he had to flee again, for being Jewish and this painting was amongst his possessions that remained hidden during the war.