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I give to her the picture of herself by Romney and the Drawing of myself in
Crayons by Russell."
She was Elisa Correll of Maidstone College Kent. Apparently she had a number of sittings:
1786 June 28th, July 5, 12, 19, & 26th, then November 9,16,19,28th
1789 June 15th
In 1791 February 6th, (incidentaly my birthday), she Married James. She died at Maidstone February 1st 1817. In 1997 the portrait as at 5 September was owned by Colby College Waterville, Maine, USA. It was given to them by a Miss Amelia Peabody of Boston, MA when she passed on in 1984. Information by John Walter Mingay.
Romney painted the portraits of both James Mingay and his wife in 1786-7; and a list of the various sittings will be found on pp. 106-7 of my Catalogue Raisonne of Romneys works. They were what was then called "Half-lengths," i.e. each measured about 50 in. by 40 in., and for each of which the artists fee would have been about 40 guineas. James Mingays portrait was engraved in mezzotint by Charles Howard Hodges in October 1791, a very fine example of this accomplished engravers work. According to the Monthly Magazine of March 1801, Macklin, the publisher of the engraving, paid Hodges £50 for the work. The two portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Mingay were sent to Mingays London residence or office, Bedford Row, in July 1789, as duly entered in Romneys books, and were paid for by Mr. Mingay himself on that date.