Have you ever wondered about our mysterious "Double Portrait" in the Common Room? Carl and Edith Weeks' tastes in art ranged from Italian Renaissance to French Post Impressionism, Ming Dynasty ceramics to Native American beadwork. One painting in particular has gone on to capture the attention of scholars and guests for decades – the “Double Portrait.“
Hanging in the Common Room, the Double Portrait features dark and stormy coloring and depicts the faces of two gentlemen, one old and one young. Carl acquired the painting from the collection of Leopold Greville, 6th Earl of Warwick, on March 11th, 1925. At the time of purchase, the painting was thought to have been painted by George Romney, a well-known English painter active during the mid to late 18th century, and was considered to be a self- portrait. Thus the painting was titled in the archive as “Romney and his Father.”
After much research and comparison with authenticated Romney works, a George Romney expert removed the Salisbury House "Double Portrait" from the Romney catalogue of confirmed paintings in 2012. Scholars agree that it is not a Romney, but then the questions arises, who is the painting by and what is the subject mater? Work continues to authenticate and share the story of the “Double Portrait” Make sure to stay tuned for new information!