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Jonathan Richardson

(1667-1745), Portrait painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 125 portraits
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. He owned a superb collection of Old Master drawings. His Theory of Painting published in 1715, inspired the young Joshua Reynolds to become an artist. Richardson was exceptionally fond of drawing portraits of himself and his close friends; Horace Walpole later commented that 'after his retirement form the 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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Matthew Prior, by Thomas Wright, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG 91

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Wright, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1728-1736, based on a work of circa 1718
NPG 91

Matthew Prior, by Thomas Hudson, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG 562

Matthew Prior

by Thomas Hudson, after Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, before 1779, based on a work of 1718
NPG 562

Richard West, attributed to Jonathan Richardson - NPG 17

Richard West

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, 1725, based on a work of circa 1725
NPG 17

Jonathan Richardson, by or after Jonathan Richardson - NPG 1576d

Jonathan Richardson

by or after Jonathan Richardson
pencil on vellum, 1730s
NPG 1576d

Jonathan Richardson, by Jonathan Richardson - NPG 3779

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
black chalk heightened with white on blue paper, October 1735
NPG 3779

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