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    GEORGE ROMNEY (British 1734 - 1802)
    Sir Robert Harland, 2nd Baronet of Sproughton and Wherstead (1765-1848), 1791-1792
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 25 inches

    PROVENANCE:
    Sir Robert Harland [1765-1848], Suffolk, England;
    Private Collection, London;
    Newhouse Galleries, New York, NY;
    Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh, Fort Worth, Texas;
    Walsh Family Art Trust

    LITERATURE:
    Humphrey Ward and W. Roberts, Romney: A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonné of His Works, vol. 2 (London, 1904), p. 71.

    Sir Robert Harland succeeded his father in 1784 as the 2nd Baronet of Sproughton and Wherstead in Suffolk. He married in 1801 the daughter of Henry Vernon and died in 1848. He is memorialized as a generous benefactor to the poor in a plaque on the north wall of Saint Mary's church in Wherstead.

    Along with Reynolds and Gainsborough, George Romney portraitist of 18th-century England. In his diary, the artist recorded Harland's sittings and other meetings in 1791: May 5, 7, 9, 12, 16; June 10, 17, 24, 25, 29; July 1, 4; Oct. 25; and in 1792: April 28; May 1, 22. Also according to his diary, Romney sent the finished portrait to Harland on August 14, 1792, and was paid in full, 120 guineas on December 18, 1792.

    Ward and Roberts record a second version of the portrait in full-length format, formerly at Durant's Hotel, Jermyn Street, London. They also note that a copy in three-quarter-length format was sold at the Romney sale on April 27, 1807, no. 21.



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    November, 2006
    9th-10th Thursday-Friday
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