Those Delightful Regions of Imagination: Essays on George Romney

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This collection of writings by specialists from many disciplines explores a wide range of topics relating to English painter George Romney (1734-1802). The contributors to the book address not only Romney's personality and artistic practice, but also aspects of the cultural context of his work, such as its relation to theater and its diffusion through prints. Key essays discuss the central themes of the artist's work, his rivalry with Sir Joshua Reynolds, and his painting technique. Alex Kidson offers in the introduction a survey of previous writings about Romney and their impact on the artist's reputation two centuries after his death.

This book accompanies a major bicentenary exhibition of George Romney's work, organized by the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California.

Author Biography: Alex Kidson is curator of British art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300094589
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in British Art Series, #9
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Colour plates
Writing about Romney 1
The 'Admiral of the Blues': Romney, Depression and Creativity 11
'Persons and Property': Romney's Society Portraiture 33
Factions and Fictions: Romney, Reynolds and the Politics of Patronage 63
Romney's 'Peculiar Powers for Historical and Ideal Painting' 97
Romney's Theatricality 131
Antiquity, Mortality and Melancholy in Romney's Portraiture 159
Romney's Drawings and Academic Tradition 187
Miss Sarah Rodbard: A Case Study of Romney's Painting Materials and Techniques 223
A Reluctant Communicator: George Romney and the Print Market with a chronological list of plates after George Romney 251
Contributors 289
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