The Romney Society is dedicated to learning about Eighteenth Century Art and Artists, in particular George Romney. Through a programme of lectures, visits and publications, the Society considers the visual arts of the time and the lives and achievements of artists. If you share our interest in the period you would be very welcome to join the Society and get involved.
A centre for Romney Studies
The Romney Society has acquired the David Cross archive of George Romney. The Society has placed it in the Kendal Record Office where it is freely available to the public for study. The archive is the result of more than ten years’ work whilst Dr. Cross was working on his recently published biography of George Romney – "A Striking Likeness", (2000). The purchase of the archive was made possible by a generous donation by a life member of the Romney Society, Glyn Hopkin who is a collector of Romney paintings. He said that he was very pleased to be helping to put the archive in the public domain.
Kendal now becomes a centre for Romney studies. Not only does it have many portraits, drawings and sketchbooks in collections open to the public at Abbot Hall, Kendal Town Hall and Sizergh Castle but there are further paintings and sketchbooks nearby in Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness. In Kendal the Carnegie Public Library has a complete set of fifteen Romney biographies dating from 1809 to 2000.
The Society will continue to build up the archive in the Record Office for the benefit of all those studying the arts of the eighteenth century. The society will be grateful for any offers to add copies of theses or copies of original Romney material to the main Romney archive.
The Romney Society
Where to see the works of George Romney:
Paintings in or near Kendal: Romney's paintings can be viewed at Abbot Hall, Kendal Town Hall and Sizergh Castle.
There are further paintings and sketchbooks nearby in Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness.
Paintings in the UK and the rest of the World
Pictures on this page by permission of Kendal Town Council