Art Museum

George Romney Gallery

George Romney was an English painter whose works became widely popular during the late 18th century. Similar in style to the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds, Romney's best portraits have an elegance and vigor derived from flowing lines, sensitivity to surface effects, and distinctive grays, pinks, and blacks. Romney was introspective, and attracted to literary circles, including the poets Cowper and Hayley who were his good friends. In about 1781, he became infatuated with Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, and he painted her many times as various historical and literary figures. Click on the following thumbnails to view George Romney's works.

Mrs. Thomas Scott Jackson
1770
Clavering Children
1777
Miss Willoughby
1781-83
Lady Hamilton as Nature
1782
Mrs. Davies Davenport
1782-1784
Lady Hamilton in a Straw Hat
1785
The Spinstress
1787
Lady Emma Hamilton as Ariadne
Date unknown