Portrait of Mrs. Nicholas, ca. 1768-69
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 27 15/16 inches (92 x 71 cm)
Kerr Heirlooms from the North of Ireland
Lewis & Simmons, London and New York, 1927
Newhouse Galleries, New York, 1930
The Honorable Alanson B. Houghton, Ambassador from the United States to the United Kingdom; said to have been given to Ambassador Houghton by the Royal Family
By descent in the Houghton family to the present owner
Art News, March 15, 1930, illus.
William Roberts, Mrs. Nicholas by George Romney (1734-1802) (New York, privately printed, n. d.)
Alex Kidson, George Romney: Complete Catalogue of his Paintings (New Haven and London, 2015), Vol. II, p. 433, no. 957, illus. (as untraced)
William Roberts, in his publication noted above, suggested that Mrs. Nicholas may have been related to the Captain Nicholas whose portrait the artist painted in 1770. The lady is shown holding a copy of "The Seasons," a cycle of four poems published from 1726 to 1730 by the Scottish writer James Thomson, which was for many years one of the most widely read poems in the English language.
We are most grateful to Alex Kidson for his assistance in cataloguing this painting.
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