George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (1737-1819)
George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802)
The sitter was the son of Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford (1715-1768) and Mary Booth (1704-1772), daughter of George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington. In 1763 he married Henrietta Cavendish-Bentinck (1737-1827) daughter of the 2nd Duke of Portland, who bore him no fewer than ten children. He succeeded to the Earldom on the death of his father in 1768. In 1760 he was in Italy on the Grand Tour, and is recorded in portraits by Patch and Mengs, which are also at Dunham Massey. Sittings for this, and the companion portrait of his wife, are recorded in 1790. The pictures were dispatched to Dunham Massey a year later, in September 1791.
Oil painting on canvas, George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford (1737-1819) by George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), 1791. A three-quarter-length portrait of a man, seated in a red upholstered chair, turned to the left, gazing at the spectator, his right leg crossed over his left, his right elbow resting gthe arm of his chair, behind which, on the left, is a table with books and and ink-stand. He is wearing a black coat with gilt buttons, black breeches and grey stockings. Short grey powdered wig. One of a pair with NT 932288.
Bequeathed to the National Trust with the house, estate and all the contents of Dunham Massey by Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford (1896 - 1976)
Dunham Massey, The Stamford Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), artist