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George Romney, 1734-1802

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The year 2002 marks the bicentenary of the death of George Romney, one of the key figures in British art in the late 18th century. A chief rival of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough - and for much of his career more fashionable than both - he was known both as a portraitist and as a draftsman. His countless studies for literary and mythological pictures, made in private moments but which he never had time to paint, are executed in a bold, spontaneous style that mark him as one of the first Romantics.;One hundred years ago Romney's reputation was at its peak. Collectors fought to obtain his portraits of fresh-faced English women, above all his portraits of Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, who in her youth was Romney's favourite model and with whom he was widely supposed to have had an affair. As the more snobbish and sexist aspects of Edwardian taste became outdated, Romney's art fell spectacularly from favour. His career remains little understood and many of his best-known works are among his least distinguished. He both drew and painted with freedom and with a dramatic expressiveness unmatched in British portraiture of his day. Even later in life, as overwork and disenchantment sapped his enthusiasm, Romney was able to rekindle his energies for special sitters and when working on his occasionally sublime literary and historical paintings. This book provides a fully rounded overview of his career.

A paperback book in very good condition, some signs of use. Filled with many colourful illustrations.

Item details

Author(s):
Alex Kidson
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1855143348
ISBN-13:
9781855143340
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
National Portrait Gallery
Title:
George Romney, 1734-1802

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The year 2002 marks the bicentenary of the death of George Romney, one of the key figures in British art in the late 18th century. A chief rival of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough - and for much of his career more fashionable than both - he was known both as a portraitist and as a draftsman. His countless studies for literary and mythological pictures, made in private moments but which he never had time to paint, are executed in a bold, spontaneous style that mark him as one of the first Romantics.;One hundred years ago Romney's reputation was at its peak. Collectors fought to obtain his portraits of fresh-faced English women, above all his portraits of Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, who in her youth was Romney's favourite model and with whom he was widely supposed to have had an affair. As the more snobbish and sexist aspects of Edwardian taste became outdated, Romney's art fell spectacularly from favour. His career remains little understood and many of his best-known works are among his least distinguished. He both drew and painted with freedom and with a dramatic expressiveness unmatched in British portraiture of his day. Even later in life, as overwork and disenchantment sapped his enthusiasm, Romney was able to rekindle his energies for special sitters and when working on his occasionally sublime literary and historical paintings. This book provides a fully rounded overview of his career.

A paperback book in very good condition, some signs of use. Filled with many colourful illustrations.

Author(s):
Alex Kidson
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1855143348
ISBN-13:
9781855143340
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
National Portrait Gallery
Title:
George Romney, 1734-1802

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