National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Mrs. Alexander Blair George Romney (artist)
British, 1734 - 1802
Mrs. Alexander Blair, 1787-1789
oil on canvas
overall: 127 x 101.5 cm (50 x 39 15/16 in.) framed: 161.3 x 134 x 10.8 cm (63 1/2 x 52 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.)
Widener Collection
Not on View
From the Tour: Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 8 of 8

Conservation Notes

The medium-weight canvas is twill woven; it has been lined. The ground is white, smoothly applied. The painting is executed in very rich, obvious brushstrokes, thinly in the darks with relatively high impasto especially in the right sleeve; the background layers consist of a dark, cool red over a warmer vermilion. There appear to be some pentimenti in the hat and the papers on the table. There is marked traction crackle in the background, probably caused by the presence of bitumen, which has been infilled and has now discolored; retouching extends over much of the shadows in the arms and hands, and in scattered areas of the background, while the chair is extensively overpainted. The thick natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree.

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