Charlotte Lady Milnes
Charlotte Lady Milnes c1788-92 by British Painter George Romney (1734 – 1802); portrait painter of the leading society figures of his day.
This is a wonderful portrait of Lady Milnes, born Charlotte Boyle (1751 – 1808), the daughter of the Earl of Cork and Orrery; who married the wealthy merchant and politician Richard Milnes and who was known for her intelligence, wit, and charm.
She was a prominent figure in London society and was known for her literary salons, which were attended by many of the leading writers and intellectuals of the time; as well as being known as a patron of the arts.
In this painting we see her standing by the entrance way of a building with her hand on a stone ledge connected to the building; and behind her a vast estate filled with trees and a pond.
She is wearing a long black satin dress, that has short white sleeves, white stockings, white shoes and a matching wide brim black hat with large feathers coming out of the top, and is holding more feathers in her right hand that is positioned by her waist.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase online as a rolled canvas print.
About The Artist
George Romney was one of the leading British portrait painter of the late 18th century, who was known for his portraits of prominent figures in British society, including members of the Royal family and leading politicians.
He also painted many portraits of ordinary people and historical figures; and was known for his distinctive style, which combined naturalism with a delicate, emotional touch, and for his ability to capture the character and individuality of his subjects.
He studied under the British portrait painter George Knapton (1698 – 1778), and who was the first historian of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Romney’s early work was heavily influenced by the style of Knapton, but as he matured as an artist, he developed his own distinctive style that combined naturalism with a delicate, emotional touch.
Throughout his career, Romney continued to study the works of other artists and incorporated elements of their styles into his own work, but he remained true to his own vision and style, which made him one of the leading portrait painters of his time.
He created many portraits of the prominent figures of British society during his time, which included such figures as King George III (1738 – 1820), Queen Charlotte (1744 – 1818), William Pitt the Younger (1759 – 1806), King George IV (1762 – 1830), Queen Caroline (1768 – 1821), King William IV (1765 – 1837), Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796 – 1817); as well as portraits of historical figures, which included Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658), William Shakespeare (baptized 1564 – 1616); with his portraits being considered important records of the personalities and appearance of many of the leading figures of his time.