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George Romney

Synopsis
George Romney (1734-1802) was a key figure in British art in the late eighteenth century. A contemporary of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, he was a fashionable, prolific and at times dazzling portrait painter.
Originally from the Lake District, Romney moved to London in 1762, abandoning his wife in the process. After a visit to Italy, he found numerous patrons attracted by his immaculate draughtsmanship and spontaneous style. Along with the cream of late Georgian society, his sitters included the teenage Emma Hart, with whom Romney was infatuated and who was later to become notorious as Lady Hamilton. At the same time, Romney aspired to create historical and literary scenes infused with imaginative virtuosity and the stirrings of Romantic passion. Towards the end of his life he became disillusioned with portraiture and bitter at what he perceived as the slights of the art establishment.

Romney’s life and art are introduced by Alex Kidson, Curator of Paintings at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and organiser of the first ever comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work. Many of Romney’s major paintings are illustrated and discussed, including The Leigh Family and The Leveson-Gower Children, as well as a number of the canvases and drawings not seen in public for generations.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2002
Year of production
2002
Documentation
The book ‘George Romney 1734-1802’ by Alex Kidson, published by the National Portrait Gallery is available separately.
ISBN: 1 85514 334 8
Subjects
Art
Keywords
British art; portrait painting; Romantic movement; Romney, George

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
35 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

Illuminations

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Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

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