Portrait of James Romney by George Romney

The portrait is of considerable local interest as it was painted in Barrow-in-Furness when the artist was aged sixteen, and is probably his earliest known work.


Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,000 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
Sabin Galleries

Romney's brother James, born the same year as the artist, became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Honourable East India Company's Service. The painting seems to have been one of several executed about the same time in which Romney explored the effects of candlelight, and these pictures fall within a tradition of such subjects in 18th century England, inspired by the 17th century Dutch masters Honthorst, Terbruggen, and Godfried Schalken. Mercier, Frye, and even Reynolds made essays in the genre, which reached its climax in the work of Wright of Derby.


Miss Romney; Christie's, 1894; Wallis; James Sedelmeyer, Paris; French private colllection.

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, KENDAL Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

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