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The Cover
June 27, 2001

Miss Juliana Willoughby

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The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(24):3061. doi:10.1001/jama.285.24.3061

In 18th-century England, the Industrial Revolution and overseas trade brought increased wealth to the affluent. To validate their social standing, the wealthy sat for portrait paintings. The demand was so great that British painter George Romney (1734-1802) painted 9000 portraits over a 20-year span. Romney could paint 7 portraits in the time it took other painters such as Thomas Gainsborough (JAMA cover, July 9, 1997) and Sir Joshua Reynolds (JAMA cover, September 20, 2000) to complete one. Some attribute his quick execution to periods of elevated mood. Most appreciated his speed. His fees were considerably lower than the other masters': 20 guineas for a three-quarter length as against Gainsborough's 30, and Reynolds' 50.

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