Attr. Romney, Self-portrait of the artist
Lot 85
George Romney (Beckside 1734-1802 Kendal) Self-portrait of the artist
Sold for £33,600 (US$ 57,079) inc. premium
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Lot Details
George Romney (Beckside 1734-1802 Kendal)
Self-portrait of the artist
oil on canvas
76.3 x 63.3cm (30 1/16 x 24 15/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    By descent to the artist's son, the Rev. John Romney, 1817
    By descent to Miss Elizabeth Romney
    Her sale, Christie's London, 24-25 May 1894, lot 183 (purchased by Butler, £89.15s)
    Charles Butler 1898
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    ENGRAVED:
    British Gallery of Contemporary Portraits, engraved by W.F. Fry, drawn by J Jackson R.A., 1822

    This recently discovered self-portrait of the artist, which had remained untraced since 1898, can be dated to circa 1780.

    A note on Fry's engraving for the British Gallery of Contemporary Portraits (see fig. 1) states that the painting on which it was based was in the possession of the artist's son, the Rev. John Romney. John Jackson is known to have made the drawing, for Fry's use, on 4 June 1817. Given that the majority of Romney's self-portraits which remained in his studio at his death were left unfinished, and that the present work is clearly complete in the engraving, it is tempting to suggest that Jackson took it upon himself either to 'finish' the portrait itself or at least to draw a more complete version of the self-portrait.

    We are grateful to Alex Kidson for confirming the attribution to George Romney upon firsthand inspection of the painting. The portrait will be included in his forthcoming catalogue of the artist's work and we are grateful to him for his kind assistance with this catalogue entry.
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