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Mrs. Billington (1765/1768-1818) as Saint Cecilia

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1802, with the artist George Romney (d. 1802). 1802, by inheritance to his son, the Rev. John Romney; April 27, 1807, sold at Romney sale, at Christie's, London, lot 110, and possibly bought by "Neville" but perhaps unsold [see note 1]. May 9, 1834, sold at Romney sale, Christie's, London, lot 86, and possibly bought by "Johnson." By 1875, with Miss Romney [see note 2]; May 25, 1894, sold at Romney sale, Christie's, London, lot 194 and bought by Agnew's, London [Agnew's stock no. 6883]; 1894, sold by Agnew's to Colonel James Price; 1895, with Agnew's, London from Price's executors [Agnew's stock no. 7336]; 1895, sold by Agnew's to Bruce Ismay, Liverpool, Merseyside, England and Dawpool, Cheshire, England (d. 1899); possibly by inheritance to Thomas Henry Ismay; 1895 returned by Ismay to Agnew's [Agnew's stock no. 7404]; 1895, sold by Agnew's to Wallis and Son, London. 1895, sold by Wallis to Knoedler's, London, England [Knoedler's no. 1367]; October 1895, shipped to Kneodler's, New York. By 1923, sold by Knoedler's to Mr. and Mrs. David P. Kimball (d. 1923), Boston, MA; 1923, bequest of Kimball to the MFA. (Accession date: September 6, 1923) NOTES: [1] See Humpry Ward and W. Roberts, "Romney", Vol. 2, London, 1904. [2] According to Arthur B. Chamberlain, "George Romney", 1910, Metheun & Co., London, Miss Romney may have bought the painting through Johnson, or perhaps she repurchased it in 1875. It is also possible that the painting was unsold, returned to the family, and entered Miss Romney's possession by inheritance.

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Bequest of Mrs. David P. Kimball



127.7 x 101.9 cm (50 1/4 x 40 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas