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George Romney

Portrait of Sir Robert Gunning

Artist

George Romney
Dalton-in-Furness, England, 1734 – Kendal, England, 1802

Title

Portrait of Sir Robert Gunning

Date

1779-1780

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

239.9 x 148 cm

Credits

Purchase, anonymous gift, inv. 1967.1557

Collection

Western Art

Romney became a leading british portrait painter. He was able to rival even the famous Reynolds. While Romney’s portraits of women sometimes exhibit a certain facile elegance, his portraits of men, like this handsome painting, can be quite powerful. The subject, Robert Gunning, had a distinguished diplomatic career as an ambassador and he was made a Knight of the Order of the Bath (he is portrayed here with the star and collar of the order). This canvas is remarkable for its depiction of fabrics and textures, bold treatment of whites and overall orchestration of colours.

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