The Hon. Charlotte Clive (1762-1795)
George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802)
Art / Oil paintings
1783 (sittings recorded) - 1785 (payment)
Oil on canvas
1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)
Place of origin
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Powis Castle and Garden, Powys
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Charlotte Clive was the second daughter of Robert, ‘Clive of India’. Her godmother was Queen Charlotte. She travelled widely in Italy, where portraits of her were produced by notable artists including Angelica Kauffman, Charles Grignion, and Hugh Douglas Hamilton. She died unmarried. Sittings for this portrait are recorded in 1783, and a payment of £42 is noted as being ‘received of Miss Charlotte for her portrait half-length’. A letter also survives which requests for ‘Miss Clive’s portrait to be sent to John Robinson, esq [her brother-in-law], Denston Hall, Suffolk’.
Oil painting on canvas, The Hon. Charlotte Clive (1762-1795) by George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), 1783-85. A three-quarter-length portrait of the eldest daughter of Clive of India who married Gen. John Robinson in 1780, wearing a yellow dress with white sleeves, seated in a landscape underneath a tree on the right. Companion painting to T.POW.P.1. In original Romney frame (wrong frame). Sittings are recorded in 1783 and on 1st September : " recieved of Miss Charlotte for her portrait half-length, £42." & "Miss Clive's portrait to be sent to John Robinson, esq [her brother-in-law], Denston Hall, Suffolk...".
Accepted by HM Treasury on 21st March, 1963 in lieu of tax and conveyed to National Trust ownership in 1992.
Powis Castle, The Powis Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Inscibed on stretcher: Charlotte Daughter of/ Rober Clive K.B./ By Romney
Makers and roles
George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), artist