Arts Everyday Living: Art of Portraiture–The Child Who Will Live Forever, the Mystery of Juliana

George Romney, Miss Juliana Willoughby, 1781-1783, oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: Miss Juliana Willoughby, 1781-1783

Artist: George Romney (1734-1802)

Next week, we will begin posting holiday themed paintings. This week, though, I am choosing works of art according to my mood. Today, I am drawn to Miss Juliana Willoughby, only six years old, yet who will live forever, or at least as long as her current home, the National Gallery of Art stands. Her father Sir Christopher Willoughby commissioned the painting from the British artist George Romney (1734-1802), renowned for his portraits, particularly of the aristocracy and other leading figures of society.

Juliana was named after her mother, who might have died bearing her beautiful daughter. Sir Christopher would marry again and have three sons and five more daughters. But what happened to Juliana? 





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