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Portrait of George Morewood (1720-1792) of Alfreton Park, Derbyshire

Artist: George Romney (1734-1802)
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 80 x 50 inches; 203.2 x 127 cm.
Date: circa 1770-1771
Provenance: George Morewood, the sitter By descent to Charles Palmer (1738-1806) of Ladbroke, Warwickshire, the sitter’s Nephew, thence by descent to Rowland Palmer-Morewood (Sale: Christie’s, London, November 23, 1984, lot 75) Leger Galleries, London, there purchased by William Stoecker (his sale: Sotheby’s, London, November 15, 1989, lot 49, illus.) Americans for Oxford, Inc. sold to benefit the University of Oxford Private Collection, Houston, Texas


Information:The sitter was the second son of Rowland Morewood and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of James Wigley of Wirksworth. The family lived at Alfreton Park in Derbyshire, which Anthony Morewood had bought from the Chaworth family in 1629, and which was rebuilt for Rowland Morewood in 1728 by Francis Smith of Warwick. George Morewood was High Sheriff for the County in 1762 and on the death of his brother John inherited the family estates, the possible occasion for this portrait. He married Helen, daughter of Francis Goodwin of Ashbourne, who died in 1824. On his death without issue, the estates passed to the family of his widow’s sister, Anne, who married Charles Palmer and whose son William changed his name to Palmer-Morewood. To be included in Alex Kidson’s forthcoming catalogue raisonne.

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