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Memoirs Of The Life And Works Of George Romney, Including Various Letters, And Testimonies To His Genius, &c. Also, Some Particulars Of The Life Of Peter Romney, His Brother; A Young Artist Of Great Genius And Promising Talents, But Of Short Life. By The Rev. John Romney, B.D. Formerly Fellow Of St. John's College, Cambridge.

Reverend John Romney

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London;: Printed For Baldwin And Cradock, Paternoster-Row., 1830.

Physical Description

xii, 332, [2] p., frontis. (port.); 277 mm. (Quarto.)


[Frontis., t.p.] - To The Muse Of Painting - Preface - Contents - [Text] - A Descriptive List Of The Pictorial Designs And Studies By George Romney, Which were presented to the University of Cambridge by his Son, in 1817 ... - The Following Cartoons, Designed By George Romney, Were presented to the Liverpool Royal Institution in 1823 by the Rev. John Romney ... - Appendix. Some Particulars Respecting The Life Of Peter Romney, gathered From, Or Illustrated By His Own Letters - Dedication By Richard Cumberland, Esq. In 1776. To Mr. George Romney - [Extract from an essay by R.P. Knight]; [colophon] - Errata.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of George Romney is signed as painted by himself and engraved by Thos. Wright.

The printer is named on the colophon and on the title-page verso: 'S. Tyson, King Street, Ulverston'.


A. Kidson, George Romney 1734-1802 [exhibition catalogue] (2002); Those delightful regions of imagination: essays on George Romney, ed. A. Kidson (2002); D.A. Cross, A striking likeness: the life of George Romney (2000); G.C. Rump, George Romney: zur Bildform der bürgerlichen Mitte in der englischen Neoklassik, 2 v. (1974); A.B. Chamberlain, George Romney (1910); H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney ... with a catalogue raisonée ... , 2 v. (1904).

Summary Note

John Romney's memoirs of his father were intended to be a more adequate account than W. Hayley's Life of George Romney (1809). They remain the most detailed early source of information about his father's career.

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Memoirs Of G. & P. Romney. J. Romney.' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Painters - Portraitists - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Memoirs - Biography - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century