by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1784
49 1/2 in. x 39 in. (1257 mm x 991 mm)
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- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Sitter associated with 6 portraits, Artist associated with 156 portraits.
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- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 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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- Alex Kidson, George Romney 1734-1802, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 May - 18 August 2002), p. 181
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 69
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 409
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 105
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 531
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 215
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 15