by Jonathan Richardson
graphite on vellum, circa 1730
5 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (140 mm x 118 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 124 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait is of the anatomist and eminent surgeon William Cheselden, who was one of the closest friends of the artist, Jonathan Richardson. It is one of a series of small chalk and graphite drawings of friends and acquaintances that Richardson made in his retirement. Some of these images were drawn from memory and together, they represent a sustained project in recording friendships across Richardson's whole life. Drawing was the perfect medium for this project as it allowed Richardson to produce a large number of images quickly and was closely associated with friendship and intimacy.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Art of Drawing: Portraits from the Collection, 1670-1780 (19 October 2012 - 19 May 2013)