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George Romney (English, 1734-1802)
Portrait of Mrs. St. George and Child, 1791
Oil on canvas, 58-3/8 x 44 in.
August Heckscher Collection.  1959.147




About This Work

George Romney was one of the most popular portraitists of 18th century England, renowned for the classic grace and elegance with which he endowed his sitters. The Museum's portrait depicts Anne Stepney, of Durrow, the wife of Richard St. George Mansergh-St. George of Headford Castle, County Galway, Ireland, presumably with her firstborn son, Richard James, who was born in 1789. The child's nudity alludes to classical art, which Romney had studied during a trip to Italy in the mid-1770s, while Mrs. St. George's Turkish costume reflects current fashion.


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