Large, 18th Century, English Portrait in a Fabulous, Period Frame
Large, softly painted, oil-on-canvas portrait of a British nobleman from the circle of important English artist, George Romney (1734-1802). The piece is framed by a wonderful, hand-carved and gilded frame featuring a surround of relief-carved tendrils.
From the Encyclopedia Brittanica: "[Romney was a ]...fashionable portrait painter of late 18th century English society. In his portraits Romney avoided delving into the character or sensibilities of the sitter. His great success with his society patrons depended largely on just this ability for dispassionate flattery. Line rather than color dominates; the flowing rhythms and easy poses of Roman classical sculpture underlie the smooth patterns of his compositions".