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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, PHILADELPHIA

George Romney
PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, BUST LENGTH
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, PHILADELPHIA

George Romney
PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, BUST LENGTH
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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George Romney
DALTON 1734 - 1802 KENDAL
PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, BUST LENGTH
oil on canvas
canvas: 17 1/8 by 14 1/4 in.; 43.5 by 36.3 cm.
framed: 23 by 20 1/2 in.; 58 by 52.1 cm.
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Provenance

Mr. Williamson;
Thence by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Hewitt;
Thence by bequest to her brother-in-law, Major Hewitt;
From whom purchased by Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1902;
With Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, by 1902;
By whom sold, Paris, 17 May 1907, lot 150 (as "Portrait of Marchioness of Hertford);
Private Collection, Paris;
With Newhouse Gallery, New York (according to a label on the reverse); 
Private collection, Philadelphia.

Literature

‘Illustrated Catalogue of the Eighth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, and English Schools, belonging to the Sedelmeyer Gallery,'  Paris 1902, p. 116-7, cat. no. 94, reproduced (as "Portrait of Miss Maria Fagniani, afterwards Marchioness of Hertford").
A. Kidson, 'George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings,' Italy 2015, vol. III, appendix IV, p. 899 (as not by Romney and "Portrait of Miss Maria Fagniani").
G. Paston, 'George Romney,London 1903, p. 195 (as "Portrait of Marchioness of Hertford, née Maria Fagniani").
H. Ward & W. Roberts, 'Romney: A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Works,' 1904, vol. II, p. 51, no. 2 (as "Portrait of Mlle. Maria Emily Fagniani").

Catalogue Note

Since the publication of his 2015 monograph on George Romney, Alex Kidson has fully endorsed the attribution of this painting to the artist on the basis of high-resolution photographs.1  Although an attribution has been fully secured, the identity of the sitter, once thought to be Maria Emilia Fagniani, a British noblewoman of Italian descent, remains elusive.

We are grateful to Alex Kidson for endorsing the attribution and for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.

1. See A. Kidson, 'George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings,' Italy 2015, vol. III, appendix IV, p. 899 (as not by Romney and "Portrait of Maria Emily Fagniani").

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