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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (1769-1830)
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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (1769-1830)

Portrait of Anne, Lady Romilly (d. 1818), bust-length, in a white dress, painted oval

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Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A. (1769-1830)
Portrait of Anne, Lady Romilly (d. 1818), bust-length, in a white dress, painted oval
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Provenance
By descent in the family of the sitter.
Literature
S.H. Romilly, Romilly and Edgeworth Letters, 1813-18, London, 1936, p. 150.
K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence, London, 1954, p. 170.
K. Garlick, 'A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence', The Walpole Society, 1960-2, XXXIX, p. 170.
K. Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence. A complete catalogue of the oil paintings, Oxford, 1989, p. 260, no. 691.
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Lot Essay

The sitter, the eldest daughter of Francis Garbett of Knill Court, Hereford, was married on 3 January 1798 to Sir Samuel Romilly (1757-1818), youngest son of Peter Romilly, a Huguenot, and Margaret, daughter of Aime Garnault, a French emigre. Romilly, who was successively the Member of Parliament for Queensborough, Horsham, Wareham, Arundel and Westminster, was an influential law-reformer and philanthopist, whose political theories were inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He campaigned vigorously to reduce the number of cases for which the dealth penalty was applicable and favoured the emancipation of catholics and slaves. Romilly had six sons and one daughter by his wife, Anne, of which the second, John, was created Baron Romilly.
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