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George Romney

Portrait of Sir Robert Gunning


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


Portrait of Sir Robert Gunning




Oil on canvas


239.9 x 148 cm


Purchase, anonymous gift, inv. 1967.1557


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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