George Romney
Mrs Robert Trotter of Bush 1788–9

Artwork details

Artist
George Romney 1734–1802
Title
Mrs Robert Trotter of Bush
Date 1788–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 756 x 622 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alexander Trotter 1913
Reference
N02943
Not on display

Display caption

Ann Trotter posed for this portrait in 1788, the year after her marriage to Robert Trotter, who was subsequently Postmaster-General for Scotland. She sat for the artist in Spring 1788, but it was delivered a year later. 18th-century portraitists would typically only focus on painting the main features of a portrait, particularly the face, during sittings, completing the costume and background subsequently. In this case, there is technical evidence which suggests that Romney rushed the completion of the picture, and changed his mind about painting in the sitter’s right arm, presumably in response to the Trotters’ demands that the portrait be completed.

February 2016