Jonathan Richardson

1 portrait on display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

Jonathan Richardson, by Jonathan Richardson, early 1730s - NPG 1693 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
black and red chalk, early 1730s
15 5/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (397 mm x 257 mm)
Purchased, 1913
Primary Collection
NPG 1693

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Sitterback to top

  • Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 120 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 120 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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Richardson drew over one hundred self-portraits: a sustained project of self-scrutiny which could only be achieved through drawing. The soft cap he wears in this image is often found in eighteenth-century portraits as the mark of a virtuoso, a refined lover of the arts and sciences. Richardson had a superb collection of 'old master' drawings and promoted drawing as being of equal importance to painting. He wrote 'a pencil [performs]… what cannot be done when one has a variety of colours to manage, especially in oil'. 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).

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  • Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 229
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 36
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 521

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