- George Romney 1734–1802
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 2045 x 2718 mm
frame: 2300 x 2970 mm
- Purchased 1919
Technique and condition
The support is a linen canvas with a distinctive twill weave pattern. It is made up of two pieces joined horizontally, approximately one metre from the bottom edge. It has been lined onto a linen lining canvas with a glue-compo adhesive sometime during the nineteenth century. An off-white ground of an average thickness retaining the texture of the canvas is visible.
The oil paint of the design layers have suffered extensive drying shrinkage in the upper layers, which range from narrow to wide and very wide drying cracks and alligatoring with islands of paint. The different colours of the layers below revealed by this shrinkage have been minimised by retouching. There are a considerable number of small ground and paint losses around the edges of the painting and over the horizontal join in the canvas that have been restored.
There are several resin varnish layers applied as a replacement in 1999. The Frame is a temporary one until a more appropriate one can be made.