V. 1. Acknowledgements / Notes to the User / Introduction / Part 1 Named Sitters A-I (except Emma Hart) -- v. 2. Part 1 Named Sitters J-Z -- v. 3. Part 2 Portraits of Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton / Part 3 Unknown Sitters / Part 4 Subject Pictures and Copies / Appendix I Portraits in Pastel and Watercolour / Appendix II Index of names of people referred to in selected primary sources / Appendix III Concordance of paintings in the Christie's Sales of 27 April 1807, 29 June 1810, 10 May 1834 and 25 May 1894 with this catalogue / Appendix IV Works in Ward and Roberts excluded from this catalogue or included under a different title / Appendix V Concordance of works by Romney exhibited in the artist's lifetime with this catalogue / Appendix VI Checklist of untraced standard-sized portraits of named sitters, not certainly destroyed, of which no image is available / Bibliography / Paintings by Romney in public collections / Photograhic Credits / Index
"This magnificent catalogue, in three volumes and with nearly 2,000 illustrations, will restore George Romney (1734-1802) to his long-overdue position - with his contemporaries Reynolds and Gainsborough - as a master of 18th-century British portrait painting. The product of impressive and thorough research undertaken over the course of 20 years, Alex Kidson asserts Romney's status as one of the greatest British painters, whose last catalogue raisonne was published over 100 years ago. In more than 1,800 entries, many supported by new photography, Kidson aims to solve longstanding issues of attribution, distinguishing genuine pictures by Romney from works whose traditional attribution to him can no longer be supported. The author's insights are guided by rich primary source material on Romney--including account books, ledgers, and sketchbooks--as well as secondary sources such as prints after lost works, newspaper reports and reviews, and writings by Romney's contemporaries"-- Provided by publisher.