PORTRAIT OF MARGARET PORTEOUS (NÉE HODGSON), WIFE OF THE BISHOP OF LONDON
half-length, in white, with a pink, fur-lined wrap
oil on canvas
77cm. by 63.9cm.; 30 1/4 in. by 25 1/8 in.
Painted for the sitter's husband, Dr Beilby Porteous (1731-1808), Bishop of London, in 1781;
thence by descent in the family of the sitter, to Rev. Beilby Porteous Hodgson (1808-89), Hartburn, Northumberland;
thence by inheritance to his nephew, Oswald Augustus Smith (1826-1902);
thence by descent
London, Grafton Galleries, Romney, Autumn 1900, no. 73.
G. Paston, George Romney, London 1903, p. 197;
T.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. 125;
‘Shottesbrooke Park, Berks., The Seat of Mr Guy. O. Smith’, in Country Life, vol. XXXIII, no. 839, 1 February 1913, p. 167;
Inventory of the Property of Guy O. Smith at 19 Hill Street, 1927, 'The Dining Room / G. Romney / Portrait of Mrs Porteus [sic], wife of B. Porteus, Bishop of London, 1787, wearing a red cloak trimmed with fur over a white dress and white head dress 29½ in. x 24½in.';
R. Walker, Regency Portraits, London 1985, vol. I, p. 403;
A. Kidson, George Romney. A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London 2015, vol. II, p. 486, cat. no. 1042, reproduced in colour