Study for the group portrait of the Beaumont family (recto)
George Romney (1734 - 1802)
Height: 30.8 cm; Width: 38.8 cm;
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
This is a study for Romney's portrait of the Beaumont family, now in Tate Britain, a commission he accepted in 1777. In it appear the three sons of Richard Beaumont of Whitley Beaumont, Huddersfield, together with his daughter and her husband. Her pose (altered in the painting) is one he was using at the time to symbolize melancholia, and it may have been the artist's intention to show the family contemplating a portrait of their recently deceased brother. The bold washes of brown ink are characteristic of Romney's drawing style.
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