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Study for Mater Dolorosa

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Study for Mater Dolorosa

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

George Romney
British, 1734–1802

Date

ca. 1770s

Medium

Pen and ink with charcoal on laid paper

Accession #

2004.15

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Alongside Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney was one of the most celebrated portraitists of his day. Strong classical influence appeared in Romney’s work following a tour of Italy from 1773 to 1775. This drawing was made around the time that Romney was working on a commission (later withdrawn) for an altarpiece for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. The subject of the painting was the Mater Dolorosa—the lamentation of Mary over the body of Christ—and this composition may have some connection to that project.

Credit

Gift of Hildegard and Clyde Ryals