George Romney, a biography

1734
Born in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
1755
Apprenticed to Kendal-based itinerant portraitist, Christopher Steele.
1756
Marries Mary (Molly) Abbott.
1757
Breaks apprenticeship with Steele. John Romney, his son is born.
1759-60
Makes reputation in Northwest when he paints various members of two prominent Lakeland families.
1762
Paintings such as Memories of Windermere c.1761, included in lottery to raise funds both for his family and his move to London. Romney moves to London without his family.
1765-67
Returns twice to the Northwest, where he was still highly regarded, to paint commissions. When he returns to London the second time, it is last time he is believed to have seen his wife for over thirty years. Moves to new lodgings in Great Newport Street and joins the artists' community around Covent Garden
1768-69
Paints 'The Leigh Family' and 'The Warren Family' which establish Romney as a chief rival to Reynolds.
1770
Starts to exhibit with the Incorporated Society of Artists and joins the Board of Directors.
1773-75
Visits Italy. 1775 Moves to London and into studios in Cavendish Square, part of the newly fashionable West End area.
1776
Receives patronage of Lord Gower. 'The Leveson-Gower Children', 1776-77 is painted.Makes friends with the poet William Hayley.
1780
Horace Walpole notes Romney's rise to fashion.
1781
Introduced to Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton.
1786
Attends inaugural dinner of Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.
1790
Completes 'Act I of Shakespeare's Tempest' for the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery. Visits Paris during French Revolution and meets Jacques Louis David.
1794
Illness seriously curtails portrait practice for the first time.
1799
Romney returns, in ill health, to Kendal and his wife Molly.
1802
Dies in Kendal, Cumbria. Buried in Dalton.