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Eleanor Todd, Lady Maitland (1762-1856)

after 1782
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

George Romney
British (1734 - 1802)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1977.2
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: George Eastman Collection

This unfinished portrait depicts Eleanor Todd, who became Lady Maitland in 1782 when she married James, Viscount Maitland, eighth Earl of Lauderdale. Although it is not known why the portrait was never completed, at this point in his career, Romney had a large number of unfinished paintings in his studio. Sitters were required to pay half his fee before the painting could commence, but the daunting schedule of sittings and the artist’s demands for specific poses and clothing dissuaded some clients from continuing the professional relationship. Still, the presence of half-finished portraits in the studio served as a sort of showcase, enabling potential subjects to see examples of Romney’s work.

[Gallery label text, 2008]

Provenance
Purchased from the artist by Daniel Braithwaite, 1801; sold to James Viscount Maitland [husband of the sitter], later the 8th Earl of Lauderdale; by descent through family; Agnew, London (dealers), January 1923; Lewis & Simmons, New York (dealers); purchased from them by George Eastman (1854-1932), Rochester, NY, 1922; bequeathed to the University of Rochester, 1932; transferred to the Gallery in 1977.

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