ROMNEY, George
(b. 1734, Dalton-in-Furness, d. 1802, Kendal)

Portrait of a Gentleman

Oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm
Private collection

This painting portrays a gentleman, half-length, wearing a dark coat and white stock. English portraiture flourished in the late eighteenth century, when not only aristocrats, but also lesser nobles, merchants and officers commissioned portraits of themselves, their wives and children. The present portrait reflects this trend, and commissions similar to it are typical of much of Romney's work.