George Romney
Mrs Robert Trotter of Bush 1788–9

Artwork details

George Romney 1734–1802
Mrs Robert Trotter of Bush
Date 1788–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 756 x 622 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alexander Trotter 1913
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1780

Display caption

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.

August 2004