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ID number:  BIRBI-52.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Romney, George (1734-1802)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of John Smith
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  British
Date made:  1782
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  127 x 101.6 cm unframed; 152.8 x 127.2 x 7.4cm framed
Provenance:  Purchased from Colnaghi's, October 1952, for £680

John Smith (1703-1787) is shown seated against a window with a snuff box in his left hand. He was a successful merchant who had some interest in the arts. He would have been seventy-nine when he sat for this portrait which was inherited a few years later by his eldest son.
George Romney originally came from Lancashire and was one of the leading British portrait painters of the late 18th century. He is best known today for his portraits of Emma Hamilton who became his muse.

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Romney, George

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Ward, H. and Roberts, W.

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