Seated woman shown in profile, reading at a table by candlelight.
Serena Reading by George Romney, c. 17801785
© Harris Museum & Art Gallery
- Oil on canvas
- 152.5 x 120.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £12,000 ( Total: £77,894; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
Depicts Serena, the heroine of the poem 'Triumphs of Temper' by the artist's friend and biographer William Hayley (1745-1820), a lady of the sweetest temper and constant good humour who is rewarded by a happy marriage. The character became a role model for fashionable ladies of the time, and was the subject of several other works by the artist.
Purchased from the artist by John Christian Curwen, Workington Hall; by descent; private collection.