Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson)

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson), by George Richmond, 1851 - NPG 1720 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson)

by George Richmond
chalk, 1851
24 1/4 in. x 18 3/4 in. (616 mm x 476 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's daughter, Margaret Emily Gaskell, 1913
Primary Collection
NPG 1720


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  • George Richmond (1809-1896), Portrait painter and draughtsman; son of Thomas Richmond. Artist associated with 326 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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George Richmond was a leading portraitist, who made simple, but fine, chalk portraits of many celebrities of the day. Gaskell sat for her portrait while in London to see the Great Exhibition of 1851. She believed it to be a good likeness, noting in a letter 'I think it is like me; I hope Papa will think so but I am almost doubtful.'

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