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George Romney (1734-1802)
Portrait of Mrs. Chitty Marshall, 1788-89
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Bequest of Harry S. and Eva Belle Leyman, 1943.11

Half-length portrait of a woman seated with her hands clasped in front of her. She looks to her right. Her long hair falls over both shoulders.

Alternate Titles:
Portrait of Mrs. Halsey [1]



1788/89:   Colonel Romney, commissioned and presented as a gift to:
1788/89-?:   Mrs. Barbara Chitty Marshall, by descent to
By at least 1892:   Mr. Herbert Menzies Marshall [1841-1913], England [2]
By 1900:   E. Speyer
Until July 6, 1923:   Sir Joseph Benjamin Robinson, Bt. [1840-1929], London, sold at Robinson sale, Christie's, London, July 6, 1923, lot 26, to [3]
July 6, 1923-?:   (Knoedler & Co. [4])
Until 1943:   Harry S. and Eva Belle Leyman, Cincinnati, by bequest to
1943-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The sitter's first husband was John Halsey, Chief of Salsette (North Bombay) in the East India Company. She was widowed in 1785. She later married Matthew Chitty Marshall in 1789. The painting was commissioned as a wedding gift for her second marriage. Correspondence, January 22, 2002.

[2] Herbert Menzies Marshall was the greatnephew of the Mrs. Chittty Marshall. He loaned the portrait to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition Works by the old Masters, and Deceased Masters of the British School, January to March 1892, no. 135. Also see correspondence, January 22, 2002.

[3] Robinson began acquiring works in the late nineteenth century and housed the collection in Dudley House. He went to South Africa in 1910 and had his collection stored in London. The collector put his collection up for auction in 1923, but having second thoughts about selling the works he placed high reserves on the items. Mrs. Chitty Marshall was one of only eleven works to sell at the auction. See Alfred Scharf, "The Robinson Collection," The Burlington Magazine, vol. 100, no. 666, September 1958, p. 300.

[4] Christie's records indicate that Knoedler purchased of the portrait at the Robinson sale.

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