The Romney Society

George Romney (1734-1802)

This website space is provided by the National Portrait Gallery
for the Romney Society, an independent organization

Registered Charity No. 1067208
Scar Brae , Levens
Kendal , Cumbria
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The Romney Society was formed in Kendal, the site of his first studio, in 1993. The primary purpose of the Society is to explore the art of the eighteenth century with particular reference to the life and work of George Romney 1734-1802 and his contemporaries.

The activities of the Society include:

  • Lectures and meetings, together with visits to selected galleries and historic houses.
  • Publications. The Society issues annual Transactions (see Publications List) which contain original papers and transcripts of the lectures to the Society. Additionally a Newsletter is produced three times a year. The Society has also published a worldwide list of Romney's 'Paintings in Public Collections'. For further descriptions of these please see the Publications List.
  • Offering a Bursary to encourage students in the study of Romney and his contemporaries.

Programme of events for 2004 (some to be confirmed)

  • Jan 7 : Society dinner at The Blue Bell, Heversham
  • Feb 14: social evening at the home of Dr and Mrs Tower (theme to be 4 short discussions led by members on 18th century art topics they have studied. )
  • Feb 26: lecture on three women portraitists in 18th century
    by Catherine Parry Wingfield
  • March 25: lecture on the Foundling Museum
    by Jane King
  • April 23: AGM & study day on Romney's influence on Blake
    by Michael Phillips
  • May: coffee morning
  • June 25/28: trip to Paris
  • July: strawberry tea
  • August 13-21: Romney exhibition at Kendal Town Hall, Society involved in production
  • September 30 (one night): trip to London to Foundling Museum,Dulwich Picture Gallery and Romney Memorial lecture by Alex Kidson at the Paul Mellon Centre
  • October 21: lecture on Lancashire painters and the Liverpool Academy in time of Romney
    By Kevin Littlewood
  • November 18: lecture on Gainsborough by Hugh Belsey

Publications List

Paintings in Public Collections by Barry Maclean-Eltham 1996 £ 10.00 inc postage.
This work describes with location all Romney's paintings which are on view to the public worldwide.

Transactions Vol 1 1996 (only available as a laser copy)
Vols 2 to 8, to £12 inc postage or $27 or £15 for overseas

Order by mail from The Romney Society, Scar Brae, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria,
LA8 8 NU with cheque.

Contents of Transactions

Vol 1

  • Reynolds and Romney: The Anatomy of a Rivalry by Alex Kidson
  • The Image of Shakespeare in Romney's Time by Professor Philip Edwards
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library Collection by Dr Yvonne Romney Dixon
  • A Note on the Romney Collection at Yale University by Barry Maclean-Eltham
  • Romney Paintings in the Yale Centre for British Art by David A. Brennerman
  • George Romney: Patterns of Friendship by David Cross
  • Christopher Steele (1733-1767) by Mary E Burkett

Vol 2

  • The Tate's Romneys: a record of fashion and patronage by Tabitha Barber
  • Mrs Trotter of Bush (1788-9) by Mary Bustin
  • The Gower Family by Christian Barnes
  • George Romney and William Lewthwaite by Tim Cockerill
  • George Romney's Pupils by David Cross
  • The Joseph Wright Archive of Drawings by and associated with the Artist
    by Jane Wallis

Vol 3

  • Barry Maclean-Eltham: A Tribute by Martin Orrom
  • Barry Maclean-Eltham and the Romney Society by Alex Kidson
  • George Romney's Grand tour by Martin Postle
  • The Price of Friendship? Romney and Sir Robert Strange by Helen Smailes
  • The Conservation and X-Radiography of the portrait of Lady Rouse Boughton by George Romney by Edwin Bowes
  • George Romney and the Idea of a British School by Elizabeth Allen

Vol 4

  • The Mind and Soul of Romney's Art and the Poussin Connection by Jean Wallis
  • Katherine Read: A Woman Painter in Romney's London by Margery Morgan
  • Romney's Kendal by John Satchell
  • The Tragic Muses of Romney and Reynolds: Eighteenth Century Theatrical Portraiture by Glenn R. Cooke

Vol 5

  • Lord Iveagh's Romneys at Kenwood by Amina Wright
  • The Hermit of Eartham: William Haley and his Friendship with George Romney by Rebecca Blass
  • The Dome of his Mausoleum: Commemorating the 18th Century Artist by Cherry Elizabeth Sandover
  • George Romney's Pedigree by Tim Cockerill
  • George Romney's Early Candlelight Paintings by Elizabeth E Barker
  • Muses and Mythology-a Synopsis by Professor Aileen Ribeiro

Vol 6

  • Forcible Sentiments and Ancient Tales: Flaxman, Romney and the Sharing of Inspiration by Sarah Symmons
  • Allan Ramsay by James Holloway
  • Viewing the Elite Family at the Annual Exhibition of 1767 by Catherine Tite
  • 'Everything is Flux': George Romney - By Himself by Jean Wallis

Vol 7

  • 'How to be Formal without Really Trying': George Romney and pictorial form by Gerhard Charles Rump
  • George Romney, Robert Potter and 'the Painter's Poet' by Suzanne E May
  • Tennyson's 'Romney's Remorse' by Robert Inglesfield
  • Joseph Wilton and the Death of General Wolfe by Janet Simmonds

Vol 8

  • The Romney Sketchbooks in Public Collections edited by Yvonne Romney Dixon and Alex Kidson (This is a double volume describing 57 sketchbooks around the world and includes 19 figures)

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