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George Romney

Past exhibition archive
30 May - 18 August 2002

Rooms 16-20

Admission £6, concessions £4

Sponsored by The Atlas Alliance Group

2002 is the bi-centenary of the death of George Romney, one of eighteenth-century Britain's greatest portrait painters. Best known for his society portraits including his famous studies of Emma Hamilton, mistress of Admiral Lord Nelson, this is the first comprehensive exhibition of Romney's work. Aiming to end two centuries of neglect and misrepresentation, it reveals Romney as an innovative artist who experimented and developed new styles throughout his career.
Exhibition organised by the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, California.

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The Walker, Liverpool, 7 February to 28 April 2002
National Portrait Gallery, London , 30 May to 18 August 2002
Huntington, San Marino, California, 15 September to 1 December 2002

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition priced £40 hardback (available at exhibition venues only) and £25 paperback.

Sound Guide available priced £3.50 / £2.50 concessions.

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