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GEORGE ROMNEY, R.A. (DALTON-IN-FURNESS, LANCASHIRE 1734-1802 KENDAL, CUMBRIA)
GEORGE ROMNEY, R.A. (DALTON-IN-FURNESS, LANCASHIRE 1734-1802 KENDAL, CUMBRIA)
GEORGE ROMNEY, R.A. (DALTON-IN-FURNESS, LANCASHIRE 1734-1802 KENDAL, CUMBRIA)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MIMI ADLER
GEORGE ROMNEY, R.A. (DALTON-IN-FURNESS, LANCASHIRE 1734-1802 KENDAL, CUMBRIA)

Portrait of Miss Williams, bust-length, in a painted oval

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GEORGE ROMNEY, R.A. (DALTON-IN-FURNESS, LANCASHIRE 1734-1802 KENDAL, CUMBRIA)
Portrait of Miss Williams, bust-length, in a painted oval
oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 25 in. (77.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Provenance
F. Butler, Tasmania; Christie’s, London, 25 June 1904, lot 78, where acquired for 3300 gns.by the following,
with Thomas Agnew and Sons, London.
John F. Talmage (1833-1897), New York; his sale (†), American Art Association, New York, 20 February 1913, lot 21, where acquired by the following,
with Scott & Fowles, New York.
with Knoedler, New York, 1921.
(Probably) Colonel Seymour Cochran, C.B.E., as ‘Mrs. Williamson’, from whom acquired by,
(Probably) with Sulley.
(Probably) with Scott & Fowles, New York, 1931.
(Probably) M. Sheppey, Toledo.
(Probably) Albert K. Schneider, New York.
with Closson Gallery, Cincinnati.
Max Safron.
with Hirschl & Adler, New York, from whom acquired in 1986 by the following,
with Newhouse Galleries, New York, where acquired by the late owner.
Literature
H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney: Catalogue Raisonné of his Works, II, London, 1904, p. 172.
A. Kidson, George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, II, New Haven and London, 2015, p. 635, no. 1419, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

This painting belongs to a group of female three-quarter-length portraits within a painted oval, by George Romney, from the late 1770s and early 1780s in which the sinuous outline of the figure divides the picture space in half vertically. It can be compared with portraits such as Romney’s Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland and Miss Taubman (A. Kidson, op. cit., nos. 1263 and 1270).

Nothing is known of the sitter, Miss Williams, who is recorded in Romney’s sitter book as having had four appointments with the artist between 21 July and 4 August 1781 and who paid the artist 20 guineas in two installments, the last of which was received on 9 December 1782. Alex Kidson (loc. cit.) reasonably presumes the portrait is identical to that of a ‘Mrs. Williamson’, formerly in the collection of Colonel Seymour Cochran, noting that no client by the name of Mrs. Williamson is referenced in the artist’s papers. The confusion may have arisen due to a corruption of the sitter’s name.

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