Portrait of Miss Mary Perryn, later Mrs. Hatfield
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 1/4 inches (76.2 x 64.2 cm)
Commissioned by Richard, Baron Perryn, father of the sitter
By inheritance to the sitter, 1803
By inheritance to Mrs. Whitehurst, the sitter's daughter, 1834
By inheritance to Mrs. Whitehurst's cousin, R.H. Perryn, Carisbrooke House, Twickenham, by 1904
Mrs. R.H. Perryn, 1910
Kenneth Thompson, Toronto, Canada
Purchased at Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, November 28, 1962
Private collection, Connecticut
Thomas Humphry Ward and William Roberts, George Romney (London and New York, 1904), Vol. I, pp. l09-114; Vol. II, p. 122
Alex Kidson, George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings (New Haven and London, 2015 ), Vol. II, p. 459, no. 1022, illus.
This handsome likeness of Miss Perryn finished shortly before her wedding in 1788 to Captain Alexander Hatfield of the 15th Dragoons is a fine example of Romney's work at the height of his career. Since the artist's record books from this period survive, we know that the lady sat for him nine times, from November 28, 1786 to March 3, 1788. The lively and varied brushwork, the almost sculptural impasto, and the elegant pose are all characteristic of Romney's mature style.
C Property of Mrs. Paul Guth
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