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George Romney. Self-portrait
 
 
George Romney, (born Dec. 15, 1734, Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, Eng.—died Nov. 15, 1802, Kendal, Westmorland), fashionable portrait painter of late 18th-century English society. In his portraits Romney avoided delving into the character or sensibilities of the sitter. His great success with his society patrons depended largely on just this ability for dispassionate flattery. Line rather than colour dominates; the flowing rhythms and easy poses of Roman classical sculpture underlie the smooth patterns of his compositions.

From 1755 to 1757 Romney was the pupil of Christopher Steele, an itinerant portrait and genre painter. Romney’s career began when he toured the northern English counties painting portraits for a few guineas each. In 1762 he went to London. His history painting The Death of General Wolfe won him an award from the Society of Arts; nonetheless he turned almost immediately to portrait painting. In 1764 he paid his first visit to Paris, where he was befriended by Joseph Vernet. Romney especially admired the work of Nicolas Le Sueur, whose use of the antique strongly appealed to him. In 1773 he went to Italy for two years, where he studied Raphael’s Stanze frescoes in Rome, Titian’s paintings in Venice, and Correggio’s at Parma. Travel abroad matured his art, and a new gracefulness appears in portraits such as Mrs. Carwardine and Son (1775) and the conscious elegance of the large full-length Sir Christopher and Lady Sykes (1786).

Romney was by nature sensitive and introspective. He held himself aloof from the Royal Academy and his fellow artists, making his friends in philosophical and literary circles. About 1781–82 he met Emma Hart (later Lady Hamilton), who fascinated him. For Romney she became a means of escape into an imaginary, ideal world. He painted his “divine Emma” more than 50 times, in guises ranging from a bacchante to Joan of Arc.

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Portrait of Mrs Anne Carwardine and Her Eldest Son, Thomas
1775
Oil on canvas, 75 x 62 cm
Private collection





Miss Constable
1787
Oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon





Lady in a Brown Robe
c. 1785
Oil on canvas, 65 x 65 cm
Tate Gallery, London





The Leigh Family
c. 1768
Oil on canvas, 185,8 x 202 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne






Portrait of Mrs Henrietta Morris and Her Son John
1777
Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm
Private collection

 
 
 
 
 


Portrait Of Frederick, 5th Earl Of Carlisle


 




Portrait Study Of Emma Hamilton As Miranda







Portrait of Emma Hamilton

 





Reclining Female Nude







Portrait Of Harriet Gale, Mrs John Blanshard

 
 
 
 


Portrait of Miss Willoughby
 
 
 
 


Lady Hamilton as Circe (c. 1782)
 
 
 
 


Emma Hamilton as a bacchante (1785)
 
 
 
 


Elizabeth, Duchess-Countess of Sutherland, Cincinnati Art Museum






Mary and Louisa Kent, Cincinnati Art Museum






Portrait of Mrs. Richard Pryce Corbet and her Daughter





Portrait of Mrs James Fletcher (née Fell) (c. 1765)





Thomas Robinson 2nd Baron






Elizabeth Lamb





Dorothy Cavendish, wife of William Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland




3rd Duke of Richmond

 
 
 
 


John Walter (or Wharton) Tempest, with a Horse
 
 
 
 



Portrait of a lady
 
 
 
 


Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Reid
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Mrs. Harriet Greer
1781
Oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

 
 
 
 


Henrietta, Countess of Warwick, and Her Children
 
 
 
 


Charlotte, Lady Milnes
 
 
 
 


Portrait of Catherine Clemens
 
 
 
 


Portrait of Sarah Curran
 
 
 
 


Barbara, Marchioness of Donegal, third wife to Arthur Chichester, 1st Marquess of Donegall
 
 
 
 


Charlotte, Mrs Thomas Raikes
 
 
 
 


Portrait of the children of Charles Boone
 
 
 
 


Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon, Wife of the 4th Duke of Gordon, (With her son, George Duncan, Marquess of Huntly, later 5th Duke of Gordon
 
 
 
 


Portrait of a Lady
 
 
 

 
 
 
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