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Walter Strickland (1729 - 1761)

George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1760

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1210 x 990 mm

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Collection

Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

On show at

Drawing Room, Sizergh Castle, Cumbria, North, National Trust

NT 998426

Caption

George Romney would eventually become one of society's most sought after portrait painters, but early support from the Strickland family was invaluable to his artistic development. The portrait shows Walter Strickland, who invited Romney to visit Sizergh and so provided the young painter with a rare opportunity to study and copy French paintings.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Walter Strickland (1729 - 1761) by George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), 1760. A portrait, in red coat and cloak. Eldest son of Thomas Peter Strickland and Mary Scrope, the sitter inherited the Sizergh Estate on the death of his father in 1754 and married Margaret Messenger four years later. The couple commissioned Romney, then based in nearby Kendal, to paint their likenesses as a pair of pendant portraits in 1760 at a cost of £10 10s (see NT998427). The portrait was previously believed to be that of his younger brother, Charles. However, Romney’s portrait of Charles, showing him fishing by the cascade below Force Bridge on the River Kent, was sold in 1896 and is now in a private collection.

Provenance

Painted for the sitter and paid for in 1760; Christie's sale, 18 July 1896, lot 20 (bought in); thence by descent; given by Henry Hornyold Strickland (1890 – 1975) with Sizergh Castle and its estates in 1950.

Makers and roles

George Romney (Dalton-in-Furness 1734 – Kendal 1802), artist

References

Kidson 2015 Alex Kidson, George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, Yale, 2015, Vol.II, p.557

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