IF Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama to be president of the United States it will generate great interest in his ancestral home of Dalton and in distant painter relative George Romney.
While the Georgian society artist was born and is buried at Dalton, he spent the period from 1742 to 1755 in a cottage perched on the top of Ormsgill quarry.
LOOKING DOWN: George Romney’s early home at Ormsgill quarry offers superb views over Barrow and towards Lakeland. SUBMITTED
This set of pictures show Romney’s early home and museum and is being sold as part of a larger collection of Edwardian picture postcards at the Barrow salesrooms of Furness Auctions on Sunday.
It seems the painter’s home was quite a tourist attraction 100 years ago with people taking teas, admiring copies of Romney’s work in a small museum and taking in the views of the Lakeland hills and Walney channel.
The back of one of the Edwardian postcard notes: “George Romney was born at Beckside, near Dalton, on the 15th of December 1734.
“His associations with High Cocken, Barrow, were during the early period of his life.
“His father, John Romney, a cabinet-maker and joiner, removed from Dalton to Barrow in the year 1742, and George, who was then not nine years of age, and was completing his schooling at Dendron, a village near Dalton, assisted him in his trade.
“The workshop was on the site of the present museum. more:http://www.nwemail.co.uk/memories/pa...erPath=1351139