William Lindow (d.1786) was a prosperous merchant at Lancaster. His wife Abigail (1740 - 1790) was the daughter of his business partner Abram Rawlinson. Their overseas trade is suggested by a glimpse of sea and shipping in the background. Romney's account book for October 1772 lists several family portraits painted for Lindow. Among them this one is described as A Conversation of Himself and his Lady. It cost ¿42. The note is particularly interesting, as it demonstrates that this dignified double portrait was considered informal enough to be described as a 'conversation piece', a term normally associated with relaxed domestic ease.


  • Title: Mr and Mrs William Lindow
  • Creator: George Romney
  • Creator Death Place: Kendal, United Kingdom
  • Creator Birth Place: Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
  • Date Created: 1772
  • Provenance: Purchased 1893
  • Physical Dimensions: w1143 x h1391 mm
  • Original Title: Mr and Mrs William Lindow
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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