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The Life Of George Romney, Esq. - [Epigraphs] - By William Hayley, Esq. -

William Hayley

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Chichester:, Printed By W. Mason,, For T. Payne, Pall-Mall,, London. -: 1809.

Physical Description

[2], 2, [10], 416 p., [12] pl. (incl. frontis. port.); 302 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Plates carry no numbers but are numbered 1-12 in 'A List Of The Engravings'.


[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents; A List Of The Engravings - [Text and plates] - Appendix [with 1 pl.].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are not signed with the name of the source-artist, but five are signed or captioned as by or after Romney, and one as from a medal by Thomas Hayley. All are signed or captioned with the name of the engraver - Caroline Watson, W. Haines, Blake, A. Raimbach, Meadows, Robert Cooper. The plate after a medal by Thomas Hayley is signed as drawn by Maria Denman and engraved by Caroline Watson.

Each plate carries the publisher's imprint of Thomas Payne and the date (Apr. 14 1809).

The work is dedicated by W. Hayley to Daniel Braithwaite.


A. Kidson, George Romney 1734-1802 [exhibition catalogue] (2002); Those delightful regions of imagination: essays on George Romney, ed. A. Kidson (2002); G.C. Rump, George Romney: zur Bildform der bürgerlichen Mitte in der englischen Neoklassik, 2 v. (1974).

V. Chan, Leader of my angels: William Hayley and his circle [exhibition catalogue] (1982).

Summary Note

This the first biography of Romney was written by one of his closest friends. He and Hayley had met in 1776; and one of Hayley's first publications had been his Epistle on Painting, Addressed to George Romney (1778). In 1830 Romney's son brought out a more detailed biography of his father.

Binding Note

19th-century quarter red morocco, red watered-cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Life Of Romney - Hayley'.

Name as Subject


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


George Romney, source artist
William Mason, printer
Thomas Payne, publisher
Caroline Watson, engraver
William Haines, engraver
William Blake, engraver
Abraham Raimbach, engraver
Meadows, engraver
Thomas Alphonso Hayley, source artist
Miss Maria Denman, draughtsman
Robert Cooper, engraver
Daniel Braithwaite R.S.E., dedicatee