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Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 120 portraits
One of the most successful native-born portraitists of the first decades of the eighteenth century, Richardson was the master of Thomas Hudson and George Knapton. He owned a superb collection of Old Master drawings. His Theory of Painting published in 1715, inspired the young Joshua Reynolds to become an artist. Richardson was exceptionally fond of drawing portraits of himself and his close friends; Horace Walpole later commented that 'after his retirement form the business the good old man seems to have amused himself with writing a short poem and drawing his own or his son's portrait every day'.

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736

William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper

by or after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, 1710?
NPG 736

5067

Sir Richard Steele

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, 1712
NPG 5067

160

Sir Richard Steele

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, 1712
NPG 160

4447

Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Bt

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, 1713-1714
NPG 4447

91

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Wright, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1728-1736 (circa 1718)
NPG 91

562

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, (circa 1718)
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 562

4995

William Cheselden

by Jonathan Richardson
pencil, 1720s or 1730s
NPG 4995

1808

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1725
NPG 1808

17

Richard West

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1725
NPG 17

3622a

Anne Hatton, Countess of Winchilsea

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1726
NPG 3622a

706

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, 1729
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 706

1493

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1730?
NPG 1493

1831

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
pencil on vellum, 1730
NPG 1831

1693

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
black and red chalk, early 1730s
NPG 1693

1576d

Jonathan Richardson

by or after Jonathan Richardson
pencil on vellum, 1730s
NPG 1576d

3962

Sir James Thornhill

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1730-1734
NPG 3962

576

George Vertue

by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1733
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 576