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Jeremiah Milles

Date: 1780-1783
94 1/4 x 58 1/2 in. (239.4 x 148.6 cm.)
Medium: oil on canvas
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Object Number: 14.3
Label Text:To commemorate his marriage to Rose Gardiner, a wealthy young heiress, Jeremiah Milles commissioned full-length portraits, both of which hang in this gallery. They are linked through their similar backdrops and the bride and groom’s related poses – each with one leg crossed over the other, one arm resting on a pillar, and the head turned toward the viewer. While it was important for the two paintings to complement one another, they also express each sitter’s different character. Romney captured the self-confidence of Jeremiah Milles, who had achieved numerous academic and professional successes. The book Milles holds may allude to his literary achievements, but what is immediately striking is the casual manner in which it dangles from his fingertips, a sign of his ease and familiarity with intellectual matters.