Portrait of Joseph Farington, RA by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Sir Thomas Lawrence was one of Joseph Farington's closest friends, and his depiction of him in a romantic rocky landscape is in keeping with Farington's aesthetic interests.


Oil on canvas
74 x 62 cm
Art Fund grant:
£32,500 ( Total: £70,000)
Acquired in:

The Judges' Lodgings is probably one of the oldest houses standing in Lancaster. It was used regularly from 1827 until 1975 as lodgings for Circuit Judges attending the Assizes. This portrait reflects the artistic tastes of the judges of the time. It is also of significance as Farington was a member of the very old Lancashire family, the Faringtons of Worden Halll and was a regular guest there throughout his life, on his visits to the Lake District.


Col.R.A.Farington sale; Robinson and Fisher, 1911; Miss Susan Farington; bought by Bernard at Sotheby's, 1948; Colnaghi's.

Venue details

Judges' Lodgings Church Street, LANCASTER Lancashire LA1 1YS 01524 32808 www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)

The museum is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between late March and early November, please visit the Judges' Lodgings website for more details.