Richard Cumberland

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Richard Cumberland, by George Romney, circa 1776 - NPG 19 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Cumberland

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1776
49 in. x 39 in. (1245 mm x 991 mm)
Purchased, 1857
Primary Collection
NPG 19


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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 159 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Cumberland met Romney around 1768, and he was soon the artist's most prominent supporter, procuring commissions and garnering him mention in the papers. This characterful and sensitive portrait is just one of several that Romney painted of Cumberland. After a cooling in their friendship however, Cumberland's low-key obituary of Romney contributed to the eclipse of the artist's posthumous reputation.

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