The Folger Shakespeare Library is fortunate to possess nearly 500 drawings by George Romney (1737-1802), the second largest collection of Romney drawings in America. The Folger collection has remained little known since very few of the drawings have ever been reproduced or exhibited—a situation this exhibition seeks to address.
Romney has long received recognition as a major British artist of the eighteenth century, but his drawings have remained virtually unknown. In this country it is only during the past few decades that they have begun to be exhibited and studied. This exhibition offers a new opportunity to discover the appeal of George Romney's draftsmanship, their charm, and their distinctive personality.
Learn more about Romney in the catalogue to this exhibition, "Designs from fancy": George Romney's Shakespearean drawings (1998).