When this drawing was last offered at auction in 1987 it was entitled Waiting Souls, however the sheet does not appear to relate to any oil painting by Romney of that subject. From a photograph, Alex Kidson has suggested that the drawing may be an example of Romney's observations of street scenes and may date to the 1770s. The pen and brown ink drawings Three Sketches of Children and Two Woman with Two Children are stylistically comparable with the present work.1 We would like to thank Alex Kidson for his help in cataloguing this work.
1. P. Jaffe, Drawings By George Romney, Cambridge 1977, cat. No. 106 and 107
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