About this artwork

By 1780, despite intense competition from his older contemporary Sir Joshua Reynolds, Romney’s portraits were highly fashionable. Mary Bootle, daughter and heiress of Robert Bootle of Lathom House near Lancaster, England, first sat to Romney about ten years before her marriage in 1775. In 1781 she and her husband commissioned companion portraits, his now being in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. These were followed by a double portrait of their two young sons in 1786.

  • title:
    Mary Bootle, Mrs Wilbraham-Bootle (died 1813)
  • accession number:
    NG 1674
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1781
  • measurements:
    123.90 x 99.70 cm (framed: 140.50 x 116.00 x 6.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund 1927
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

George Romney

George Romney