Geroge Romney 1734-1802 One of the great painters of all time, he was famed for his portraits as well as painting Emma Hamilton, the mistress of Horatio Nelson, many times. (Are you a RAPper or a RAPscallion? http://www.regencyassemblypress.com)
This is a portrait of Kitty Fisher, well-known British courtesan of the 18th century, NOT Lavinia Fisher. The legend of Lavinia Fisher has been told and retold since her execution in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820 and with each telling it has grown more extravagant and further from the truth. Today tourist pamphlets and web sites will earnestly tell you that Lavinia was America’s first female serial killer when, in fact, there is no hard evidence that she ever killed anyone.