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New Book | George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings

Posted in books by Editor on June 1, 2015

Scheduled for August publication by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art:

Alex Kidson, George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings (London: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2015), 960 pages, ISBN: 978-0300209693, $350.

9780300209693This magnificent catalogue, in three volumes and with nearly 2,000 illustrations, will restore George Romney (1734–1802) to his long-overdue position—with his contemporaries Reynolds and Gainsborough—as a master of 18th-century British portrait painting. The product of impressive and thorough research undertaken over the course of 20 years, Alex Kidson asserts Romney’s status as one of the greatest British painters, whose last catalogue raisonné was published over 100 years ago. In more than 1,800 entries, many supported by new photography, Kidson aims to solve longstanding issues of attribution, distinguishing genuine pictures by Romney from works whose traditional attribution to him can no longer be supported. The author’s insights are guided by rich primary source material on Romney—including account books, ledgers, and sketchbooks—as well as secondary sources such as prints after lost works, newspaper reports and reviews, and writings by Romney’s
contemporaries.

Alex Kidson is special projects fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and was curator of the 2002 bicentennial exhibition George Romney 1734–1802.