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Maria Fagnani as a child

George Romney (BRITISH 1734-1802). Portrait of Maria Emily Fagniani (1771-1856) as a child, later third Marchioness of Hertford.

Sold at the New Hampshire Weekend Auction, May 18, 2008 by Northeast Auctions.

Sold: $351.00 ($300.00)
Known as Mie Mie, Maria was the daughter of Marchesa Fagniani, a famous eighteenth century beauty and reputedly George A. Selwyn, a well-known rake of the period. In 1798 she married Francis Charles, Lord Yarmouth, later Marquess of Hertford. Romney painted another portrait of the same sitter as a young woman in 1789 (collection of the Earl of Carlisle, c. 1890). Oil on canvas, 15 x 12 inches. The reverse stenciled R. Davy/ 83 Newman Street/ Oxford St. London.
Provenance: Mr. Williamson; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Hewitt; to her brother-in-law, Major Hewitt; purchased from Hewitt by Thomas Agnew &, Sons, 1902; purchased by Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris and illustrated in their eighth Hundred Paintings by Old Masters, no. 94, p. 117.
Literature: T.H. Ward and W. Roberts, Romney: A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue Raisonne of his Works, 1904, vol. II, p. 51, Fagniani, no. 2.
Est. $6,000-$9,000


File nameMaria Fagnani.jpg
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Linked toMaria Emilia Fagnani

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