3 of 30 portraits of John Wesley
after George Romney
oil on canvas, (1789)
29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. (749 mm x 629 mm)
Bequeathed by Mary Stringer Rowe, 1929
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- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
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A good early copy of the portrait by George Romney for which Wesley sat on 29 December 1788 and three times in January 1789, the portrait being destined for his friend and admirer Mrs Tighe. He noted in his journal on 5 January 1789: 'I once more sat for my picture. Mr Romney is a painter indeed. He struck off an exact likeness at once, and did more in an hour than Sir Joshua [Reynolds] did in ten.' More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).