This portrait was painted in 1783 and was likely commissioned to celebrate the third birthday of John Henry who was born on 20 March, 1780. Lady Georgiana and her son had thirteen appointments with Romney between 17 March and 12 June. By the time of the 1911 Rome exhibition (see Exhibited), the identity of the sitters had become lost and the portrait was shown as “Mrs. Clay and Child.” The portrait still bore that title when it was sold at auction in 1989 (see Provenance), but the correct identity of the sitters was subsequently re-established.
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