GEORGE ROMNEY (DALTON-IN-FURNESS 1734-1802 KENDAL)
GEORGE ROMNEY (DALTON-IN-FURNESS 1734-1802 KENDAL)
GEORGE ROMNEY (DALTON-IN-FURNESS 1734-1802 KENDAL)
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GEORGE ROMNEY (DALTON-IN-FURNESS 1734-1802 KENDAL)

Portrait of two children, half-length

Details
GEORGE ROMNEY (DALTON-IN-FURNESS 1734-1802 KENDAL)
Portrait of two children, half-length
oil on canvas
21.25 x 16.25 in. (54 x 42 cm.)
Provenance
with Newhouse Galleries, New York (according to a label on reverse), where acquired by,
Mrs. Burton Carter, by 1950.
Exhibited
Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, Behold the child : the Baltimore Museum of Art, 7 November - 3 December 1950, no. 21.

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Lot Essay

The catalogue of the 1950 Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition identifies this double portrait as depicting the Hawkins children, Caesar and Louisa. It is known that Mrs. Elizabeth Hawkins and her children sat for Romney between 1776-78 (see A. Kidson, George Romney: a complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven, 2015, p. 291, no. 625) and in that portrait Caesar is clearly older than Louisa. Here, however, the girl is clearly the older sibling, making an identification with the Hawkins children unlikely.

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