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LOT 805

Lot 805

George Romney (1734-1802)

George Romney (1734-1802)
Lot 805 Details
George Romney (1734-1802), British


The recto: a pencil and black chalk drawing, the verso: a pen, brown ink and pencil drawing; numbered “No. 158” in pen and ink at the top centre of the sheet with the black ink stamp of the collector Alfred de Pass in the lower left corner

Sheet 11.75 x 17.7 in — 29.8 x 45 cm

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $7,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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George Romney (1734-1802)
  • George Romney (1734-1802)
  • George Romney (1734-1802)
  • George Romney (1734-1802)
  • George Romney (1734-1802)
  • George Romney (1734-1802)
  • George Romney (1734-1802)

The Collection of Alfred de Pass, No. 45 in the de Pass album;
The Truro Museum, Cornwall, UK and their sale sold at Christie’s 22 February, 1966, described one side only “A Prostrate Woman”, part of Lot 38;
From whom purchased by Alistair Matthews;
Sotheby’s Lot 343, 16 October, 1986, illustrated;
Christopher Powney, Dealer in Drawings, Shropshire, UK and Colnaghi, London;
From whom purchased by the Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario in 1987


Sotheby catalogue sale “Victorian Drawings and Watercolours and British Watercolours”, 16th October, 1986, Lot 343, p. 84, illustrated


This lot is similar in numbering on drawings No. 2, 7, 10, 20, 61 65, 66 illustrated in “Drawings of George Romney from the Fitzwilliam Museum”, 1977.

Both drawings, although different in style, and drawn with some time span between them, are typical subjects for Romney. According to Alex Kidson they are probably both early drawings dating from the 1760s to the early 1770s. “The Head of a Bearded Man” was probably drawn first. Romney executed various other versions of the prostrate classical female. The “No. 158” inscription may be the writing of John Romney, the artist’s son, cataloguing his father’s drawings by subject.

According to Kidson, this lot must be No. 45 in the de Pass album. In this one instance, the verso only was described. It is clear that at the time, the verso and not the old man (King Lear?) was exposed to view. It must have been firmly glued down and deemed too hard to expose the other side. Kidson’s notes for No. 45 cite “a prostrate woman” with no mention of King Lear.

We are grateful to Alex Kidson and The Romney Society for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.


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LOT 805

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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