George Romney:
A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings

Alex Kidson

Catalogue Raisonné
Publicaton Date
May 2015
Standard Number
Yale University Press
960 pages

This magnificent catalogue, in three volumes and with nearly 2,000 illustrations, will restore George Romney (1734–1802) to his long-overdue position – with his contemporaries Reynolds and Gainsborough – as a master of 18th-century British portrait painting. The product of impressive and thorough research undertaken over the course of 20 years, Alex Kidson asserts Romney’s status as one of the greatest British painters, whose last catalogue raisonné was published over 100 years ago. In more than 1,800 entries, many supported by new photography, Kidson aims to solve longstanding issues of attribution, distinguishing genuine pictures by Romney from works whose traditional attribution to him can no longer be supported. The author’s insights are guided by rich primary source material on Romney—including account books, ledgers, and sketchbooks—as well as secondary sources such as prints after lost works, newspaper reports and reviews, and writings by Romney’s contemporaries.

About the author

  • Alex Kidson and Guilland Sutherland choosing final proofs for the cover of the third volume of the f

    Alex Kidson compiled a complete catalogue of George Romney's paintings as Senior Research Fellow.