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George Romney (1734-1802)
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George Romney (1734-1802)

Portrait of Francis Lind, three-quarter-length, seated before a music stand on a pink chair, in a powdered wig, a green coat and breeches and a pink waistcoat embroidered with gold, holding a flute in his right hand, by an open window

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George Romney (1734-1802)
Portrait of Francis Lind, three-quarter-length, seated before a music stand on a pink chair, in a powdered wig, a green coat and breeches and a pink waistcoat embroidered with gold, holding a flute in his right hand, by an open window

oil on canvas
50 x 49 in. (127 x 101.6 cm.)
in an 18th century carved and gilded frame
Provenance
By descent from the sitter to his niece, Elizabeth Lind, who married George Denys.
Their daughter, Juliana Louisa Denys, who married Arthur Montagu.
Their son, Leopold Agar Denys.
Literature
H. Ward & W. Roberts, Romney. A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonne of his Works, London, 1904, II, p. 95.
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Lot Essay

The sitter was the son of Captain Francis Lind, M.D., of the 14th Regiment of Foot and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Major Montague Farrer. He was born on 13 February 1753 and married his cousin, Ann Cooper, on 12 October 1785. He served in the Indian Civil Service. Datable to the mid-1770s, the sitter is depicted reclining before a music stand, holding in his right hand a one-keyed Simpson ivory flute.
Romney also painted the sitter's younger brother, Edward George Lind (b. 1754), whose portrait is signed and dated 1776, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Ainslie, M.D., who sat for Romney in the spring of 1787 and 1780. There is a memorandum on the fly-leaf to Romney's 1776 diary, 'Mrs. Lind, Carlisle, to be sent on Friday morning to the Castle Inn' - presumably the address to which the portraits of the Lind brothers were to be sent.
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