Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Richard Ansdell (1815-1885), Animal painter
In 1876, he was said to be ‘highly popular. He has worked hard and well and his present position – a very popular one – is due to honest work … his pictures sell well, and occupy good positions in many of our best private galleries. Art has done well for Mr Ansdell and he has not proved ungrateful.’  Temperamentally he was described as ‘a man of iron nerve, whom no fatigue, no misfortune or annoyance could perturb – proud, resolute and self-relying’; also ‘genial, most unaffectedly kindly and good-natured, but there was a proud spirit … any slights or undue familiarities he resented vehemently and did not easily forgive’. 
Dr Jan Marsh
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Referencesback to topAnsdell 1985
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