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Mrs Newbery

ROMNEY, George (1734 - 1802)

Mrs Newbery

Date: 1782-84

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 76.2 x 63.3 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 523

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Mrs. Newbery, the sister of Robert Raikes, the promoter of Sunday Schools, was the wife of Francis Newbery (1743-1811) of Heathfield Park, Sussex, a publisher and seller of patent medicines. Mrs. Newbery sat in 1782 and 1784 for this portrait, for which Romney charged £21, less than the fees of his rivals Reynolds and Gainsborough. The broad treatment of the fashionable brushed hair and the muslin is typical.

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