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Ann sat for her portrait five times between 4 and 21 December 1778, after her husband sat for his pendant portrait nine times between June and November of the same year.1 The high number of sittings suggests that Romney and William Baldwin had a social connection; indeed, no payments are recorded for either portrait. In any case we can assume that the Baldwins were sufficiently pleased with William's portrait to commission one of Ann. A much later appointment of 14 March 1791 may have been an opportunity for Romney to touch up or repair the portraits.
1. The location of Romney's portrait of William Baldwin is untraced after 1962. See Kidson 2015 (in Literature), p. 48, no. 45.
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