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George Romney and the Tragic Muse

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A portrait sketch of the great tragic actress from 1784; I find this as expressive in its way than the much more famous painting of her by Sir Joshua Reynolds.


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Here is how Reynolds portrayed her in the same year, as the Muse of tragedy.

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Mrs Siddons in action! Plainly not a woman to be trifled with.

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Romney is of course a most unheroic painter most of the time. His portrayals of mothers and children I find most touching, there seems to be a genuine relationship between them, the infants are not just parked on their laps.

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