George Romney Mr and Mrs William Lindow 1772

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Artist
George Romney 1734–1802
Title
Mr and Mrs William Lindow
Date 1772
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1391 x 1143 mm
frame: 1801 x 1552 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1893
Reference
N01396
Not on display

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William Lindow (d.1786) was a prosperous merchant at Lancaster. His wife Abigail (1740 - 1790) was the daughter of his business partner Abram Rawlinson. Their overseas trade is suggested by a glimpse of sea and shipping in the background. Romney's account book for October 1772 lists several family portraits painted for Lindow. Among them this one is described as A Conversation of Himself and his Lady. It cost ¿42. The note is particularly interesting, as it demonstrates that this dignified double portrait was considered informal enough to be described as a 'conversation piece', a term normally associated with relaxed domestic ease.

August 2004

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