The Other Romney

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

Seth Vaughan
Posted:
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; mfah.org.

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