George Romney (1734-1802) - Biography
Born in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Apprenticed to Kendal-based itinerant portraitist, Christopher Steele.
Marries Mary (Molly) Abbott.
Breaks apprenticeship with Steele.
John Romney, his son is born
Makes reputation in north-west when he paints various members of two prominent Lakeland families.
Paintings such as Memories of Windermere c.1761, included in lottery to raise funds both for his family and his move to London.
Romney moves to London without his family.
Returns twice to the north-west, where he was still highly regarded, to paint commissions. When he returns to London the second time, it is last time he is believed to have seen his wife for over thirty years.
Moves to new lodgings in Great Newport Street and joins the artists' community around Covent Garden
Paints The Leigh Family and The Warren Family which establish Romney as a chief rival to Reynolds.
Starts to exhibit with the Incorporated Society of Artists and joins the Board of Directors.
Moves to London and into studios in Cavendish Square, part of the newly fashionable West End area.
Receives patronage of Lord Gower. The Leveson-Gower Children, 1776-77 is painted.
Makes friends with the poet William Hayley
Horace Walpole notes Romney's rise to fashion.
Introduced to Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton.
Attends inaugural dinner of Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.
Completes Act I of Shakespeare's Tempest for the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery. Visits Paris during French Revolution and meets Jacques Louis David.
Illness seriously curtails portrait practice for the first time.
Romney returns, in ill health, to Kendal and his wife Molly.
Dies in Kendal, Cumbria. Buried in Dalton.