Richard Gibson

1 portrait

Richard Gibson, after Sir Peter Lely, (1658) - NPG 1975 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Gibson

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (1658)
49 1/2 in. x 40 in. (1257 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1923
Primary Collection
NPG 1975


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Sitterback to top

  • Richard Gibson (1615-1690), Miniature painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 826 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.

This portraitback to top

A miniature painter, Gibson began his artistic career under Cleyn at the Mortlake Tapestry Works. Afterwards he worked at the court of Charles I where he met and married Anne Shepherd, known as the 'queen's dwarf'; both husband and wife were 3ft 10 inches tall. Their marriage was commemorated in a poem by Edmund Waller. During the Interregnum, Gibson seems to have worked for Cromwell, and between 1677 and 1688 he was mainly in Holland, where he taught Mary of Orange. In this 'swagger' portrait he rests his right arm on the shoulder of a marble bust of a woman. Gibson fathered nine children, at least three of whom became artists.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 136
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 245