Study for a full length portrait of a lady

GEORGE ROMNEY (1734-1802)

Study for a full length portrait of a lady

c. 1760 to c. 1770 England

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It is possible that this sheet was originally part of a page cut from a sketchbook dating from the 1760s to early 1770s, now in the collection at Abbot Hall, Kendal (see ‘George Romney. The Kendal Sketchbook 1763-71’, Transactions of The Romney Society vol. 15, 2010-11, part 1, p.53 and part 2, p.102). Our drawing is similar to a small sketch, drawn upside down on page 102 of the Kendal Sketchbook. The woman’s pose, with one foot elegantly turned and resting on the higher step, and the backdrop of the staircase with balustrade and column, mirrors the composition of Romney’s portrait of Ann Verelst (Rotherham Museums and Galleries). Ann Verelst (1751-1823) was the daughter of Josias Wordsworth of Wadworth Hall near Doncaster. She married Henry Verelst, a former Governor of Bengal, in 1771 and the oil portrait is likely to have been commissioned from Romney to celebrate their marriage. (see Alex Kidson, George Romney 1734-1802, National Portrait Gallery, 2002, Cat. No. 36).
Height 16.10 cm (6.34 inches)
Width 12.30 cm (4.84 inches)
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Inscribed on a label attached to the old mount ‘A leaf from a sketchbook (in the Kendal Museum) / Formerly in the Collection of Sir Otto Beit’ Verso: slight sketches of figures, numbered ‘29’
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