George Romney

1 portrait

George Romney, by George Romney, 1784 - NPG 959 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Romney

by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1784
49 1/2 in. x 39 in. (1257 mm x 991 mm)
Purchased, 1894
Primary Collection
NPG 959


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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist associated with 156 portraits.

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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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This portrait was painted in 1784 when Romney was fifty and staying at Eartham, the home of his friend, the poet, William Hayley. He gave the painting to Hayley who said it successfully conveyed Romney's 'pensive vivacity and profusion of ideas.' In this unfinished self-portrait Romney's crossed arms and unflinching gaze reveal a watchful figure wrapped up in his own thoughts.

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