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SIR WILLIAM BEECHEY, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF CHARLES MARSHAM, 1ST EARL OF ROMNEY (1744-1811), FULL-LENGTH

Property from the Marine Society

SIR WILLIAM BEECHEY, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF CHARLES MARSHAM, 1ST EARL OF ROMNEY (1744-1811), FULL-LENGTH

SIR WILLIAM BEECHEY, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF CHARLES MARSHAM, 1ST EARL OF ROMNEY (1744-1811), FULL-LENGTH

Property from the Marine Society

SIR WILLIAM BEECHEY, R.A.

Burford 1753 - 1839 London

PORTRAIT OF CHARLES MARSHAM, 1ST EARL OF ROMNEY (1744-1811), FULL-LENGTH


signed and dated centre right: WB pinxt 1803; inscribed on the scroll: Charter of the/ Marine Society 

oil on canvas

unframed: 241.6 x 149.5 cm.; 95⅛ x 58⅞ in.

framed: 273 x 181 cm.; 107½ x 71¼ in.


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The canvas has a firm relining and the paint surface is relatively clean, with a yellowed varnish. The paint surface is rather flat, most likely caused by the lining, and there are a few discoloured retouchings visible scattered in the sitter's face and in the red curtain above him. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms this and further reveals scattered retouching in the white trim of his cloak, as well as in two patches in the shadows of the red folds in his chest. Pinprick retouching are scattered in his proper right hand, sleeve, and the scrolls and background, centre left, with slightly larger retouchings in his proper left hand. Otherwise there are just scattered cosmetic retouchings throughout the rest of the composition, but none of these distract from the legibility of the image, which is ready to hang in its current state. In overall fairly good condition.


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W. Roberts, Sir William Beechey, R.A., London 1907, pp. 80-81. 

London, Royal Academy, 1803, no. 55.

Engraved

Valentine Green, 1803.


Charles Marsham, 1st Earl of Romney, known as The Lord Romney between 1793 and 1801, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1768 to 1790, inherited his peerage in 1793 and was created Earl of Romney in 1801. Lord Romney married Lady Frances Wyndham (1755-95), daughter of Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, on 30 August 1776, the same year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was president of the Marine Society in 1793.