Serena Reading by George Romney

Seated woman shown in profile, reading at a table by candlelight.


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.

Venue details

Harris Museum & Art Gallery Market Square, PRESTON Lancashire PR1 2PP 01772 258 248

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