The Other Romney

“Visions of Fancy: George Romney, 18th-Century Paintings and Drawings" at Rienzi

Seth Vaughan
December 05, 2012

Having trouble imagining any other Romneys in the wake of the presidential election? Then let us introduce you to preeminent British painter George Romney (1734 – 1802). One of the leading English artists of his day, Romney is known for his stately and elegant portraits of late 18th-century nobles and members of London’s fashionable society. Explore Romney’s oeuvre in “Visions of Fancy: George Romney, 18th-Century Paintings and Drawings,” through January 20 at Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s house museum. Works range from striking portraits of army officers on a towering scale to Romney’s 1783 sketchbook, which has never before been on view at Rienzi. 1406 Kirby Dr., 713.639.7800;