Jonathan Richardson

1 portrait

Jonathan Richardson, by Jonathan Richardson, October 1735 - NPG 3779 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
black chalk heightened with white on blue paper, October 1735
12 7/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (327 mm x 267 mm)
Transferred from Dr William Fleming Collection, 1950
Primary Collection
NPG 3779


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

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

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One of the most successful native-born portraitists of the first decades of the eighteenth century, Richardson was the master of Thomas Hudson and George Knapton. His Theory of Painting, published in 1715, inspired the young Joshua Reynolds to become an artist. Richardson, who was an habitual self-portraitist, portrayed himself in this chalk drawing at the age of seventy, bereft of his usual wig or soft nightcap. When Richardson's collection was sold at his son's sale, Horace Walpole noted 'hundreds of portraits of both, in chalks by the father, with the dates when executed; for after his retirement from business the good old man seems to have amused himself with writing a short poem and drawing his own or his son's portrait every day'.

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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. 37
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 521

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