24 November 1998
George Romney (1734-1802)
Portrait of George Cowper (1754-1787), half-length, in a mauve coat
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
commissioned by General Spencer Cowper, 1780, and by descent to Henry Cowper, of Tewin Water, Hertfordshire.
Rev. Henry Madan Pratt, by 1904.
Francis Thomas de Grey, 7th Earl Cowper, who purchased the picture for £250 from the above in 1904, and by descent through the Hon. Lady Salmond.
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H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney, 1904, II, p. 34.
Five sittings are recorded for the present portrait between July and December 1780. On 22 December 1780 Romney received 18 guineas from General Cowper (c.1726-1797) for his son's portrait. George Cowper's portrait was probably painted immediately before he travelled to the East Indies.
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