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Lady Lemon (1747–1823)

Artist:
George Romney (British, Beckside, Lancashire 1734–1802 Kendal, Cumbria)
Date:
mid- to late 1780s
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.235
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 957
Jane Buller, the sitter in this elegant portrait, married William Lemon in 1771 and bore ten children. Lord Lemon commissioned George Romney to paint half-length portraits of himself and his wife in 1881, when Lady Lemon was forty-years old. She sat for the painting on six occasions in Romney’s London studio. Posing the sitter in an armchair against a landscape background became a common convention in later Georgian British portraiture. Romney portrays his subject with a gentle touch.
Commissioned in 1788 by the sitter's husband, Sir William Lemon, first baronet, Carclew, Cornwall; by descent through his youngest daughter, Caroline-Mathilda, to his grandson Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Tremayne (1827-1905), Carclew, 1882-1904 or later; [Lewis and Simmons, London], 1919; [Duveen Brothers, New York]; Edward T. Stotesbury, Phildelphia, by 1932; Stotesbury sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 18 November 1944, lot 8, ill. Purchased by Robert Lehman at the Stotesbury sale in 1944.
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