Richard Mead

1 portrait on display in Room 11 at the National Portrait Gallery

Richard Mead, by Allan Ramsay, 1740 - NPG 15 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Mead

by Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, 1740
49 3/4 in. x 39 3/4 in. (1264 mm x 1010 mm)
Purchased, 1857
Primary Collection
NPG 15


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Sitterback to top

  • Richard Mead (1673-1754), Physician. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 118 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Mead was a major collector of rare books and classical statues. He is shown here with a bust which he described as the poet Homer and a full-length statue which probably represents Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of medicine and healing. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 184
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 423
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 58

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