After Reynolds and Gainsborough, Romney was the most fashionable portraitist of his day. He began his career in Kendal, moving to London in 1762. His portraits of young women and adolescent boys are particularly successful. Ann Trotter posed for this portrait in 1788, the year after her marriage to Robert Trotter, who was subsequently Postmaster-General for Scotland. The restrained colour range of this work imposes a classical dignity that reflects Romney's studies in Italy.