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This portrait is by Christopher Steele, a Kendal based painter to whom Romney was apprenticed from 1755. For four years he worked in Steele’s studio, learning the business of portraiture – mixing paint, preparing canvases and learning how to use a brush. Steele, however, was not a model teacher and Romney spent much of his time appeasing angry creditors and finishing incomplete portraits. As a result of these difficulties, Romney ended his training with Steele and eventually set up his own business in Kendal.
oil on canvas
74.9 x 63.5 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of Abbot Hall, 1986
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL EnglandView venue
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