English, 1734 - 1802

Elizabeth Taylor, Mrs. Charles Chaplin

Date: 1781

This portrait marks the marriage of Elizabeth Taylor to Charles Chaplin, a member of Parliament from Lincolnshire (his matching portrait is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal). Supremely self-assured, the new Mrs. Chaplin sits on an upholstered blue velvet seat against a dramatic sky and distant view of the sea. Although her freshness and beauty seem to perpetuate the stereotypical linkage of the feminine with nature—as do the gold-embroidered flowers scattered across her muslin overdress—she is far from simple.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: H:50 x W: 39 1/4 in.

Accession: 0148

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Oil , Canvas , Women , Nature

Purchased September, 1967 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Charles Chaplin, Esq. husband of the sitter, Blankney, Lincolnshire, England; the Right Honorable Henry Chaplin, M.P., London, England, 1890; and A member of the Chaplin family, London, England. Recorded in "Romney, A Biographical and Critical Essay with a Catalogue of his Works" by Humpry Ward and William Roberts, Volume II, page 28; "George Romney" by Sir Herbert Maxell (Makers of British Art Series), page 173, Number 63; "George Romney" by George Paston, page 192; and "A Century of Loan Exhibitions 1813-1912" by Algernon Graves, F.S.A., Volume III, page 1119, Number 45. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1890, Number 45.