by Jonathan Richardson
pencil on vellum, 1730
6 1/8 in. x 5 in. (156 mm x 127 mm)
Given by Richard Budgett, 1918
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Sitterback to top
- Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), Portrait painter. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 124 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 124 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The use of vellum for an artist's drawing was old-fashioned by 1730 and was largely limited to the older generation of British-trained artists. This drawing of the 65-year-old Richardson wearing a wig is close to the oil at Polesden Lacey, Surrey. 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. 228
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 520
Events of 1730back to top
Current affairsJohn and Charles Wesley form a Holy Club at Oxford which becomes the cradle of Methodism.
Glasite sect, which promoted a form of primitive Christianity, established in Scotland by John Glas.
Last native roe deer in England is reputedly killed in Northumberland.
Art and scienceFrench sculptor Louis-Francois Roubiliac settles in London from Paris.
The Daily Advertiser is established as the first newspaper funded by advertising.
Mathematician and inventor John Hadley invents the octant, a navigating device which precedes the sextant.
InternationalFrederick, Crown Prince of Prussia, tries to flee to Britain but is imprisoned by his father Frederick William I.
Pope Clement XII succeeds Benedict XIII as the 246th pope.
Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius observes the aurora borealis and suggests the existence of the earth's magnetic field.