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George Romney

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Pemberton (b. 1756), half-length

Property from a Significant Private Collector, New York, Sold Without Reserve

George Romney

George Romney

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Pemberton (b. 1756), half-length

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Pemberton (b. 1756), half-length

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Property from a Significant Private Collector, New York, Sold Without Reserve

George Romney

1734 - 1802

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Pemberton (b. 1756), half-length


oil on canvas

canvas: 30⅛ by 25 in.; 76.5 by 63.5 cm.

framed: 39¾ by 34 in.; 101 by 86.4 cm.

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The Pemberton family, by descent until 1898;
From whom acquired by Charles Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, 1898 - 1901;
Charles J. Wertheimer, 1910;
With Julian Levy Galleries, New York, 1917;
From whom acquired by Mrs. J. Willis Dalzell, Pittsburgh;
By whom given by bequest in memory of her husband to The Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1929;
By whom deaccessioned and sold, New York, Christie's, 26 January 2011, lot 165;
There acquired.
C. Sedelmeyer, Illustrated Catalogue of the Seventh Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters, Paris, Paris 1901, cat. no. 96;
H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney. A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Works, London and New York 1904, vol. II, p. 121;
A.B. Chamberlain, George Romney, London 1910, reproduced pl. 71;
A.B. Chamberlain, A Romney Folio, London 1911, reproduced pl. 64;
B. Maclean-Eltham, Romney Paintings in Public Collections, Kendal 1996, p. 46;
A. Kidson, George Romney. A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London 2015, vol. II, p. 457, cat. no. 1014, reproduced in color.
Paris, Galerie Sedelmeyer, 7th Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters, 1901, no. 96.
Mrs. Pemberton sat to Romney eight times between December 1786 and January 1787. In 1780 the sitter married Rev. Thomas Pemberton, who commissioned this portrait after Romney had painted his father Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Pemberton (1714 - 1800), and his brother Francis (1742 - 1794).1

1. Both portraits of the Pemberton men are in private collections in the UK. See A. Kidson, George Romney. A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London 2015, vol. II, p. 456, cat. nos. 1011 - 1012.