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Sir John Richardson

(1924-2019), Art historian

Sitter in 9 portraits
Richardson studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and worked as an industrial designer before moving to Paris in 1950. There he became close friends with Picasso of whose work he organised a nine-gallery retrospective in New York in 1962. As an art dealer, he was head of Christie's US operations and was later Vice President of Knoedler and Co. Richardson contributed regularly to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and wrote a highly acclaimed four-part biography of Picasso, the fourth volume of which was yet to be published at the time of his death. The first volume, published in 1991, earned a Whitbread Award.

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Sir John Richardson, by Lucian Freud - NPG L276

Sir John Richardson

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1998
On display in Room 26 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L276

Sir John Richardson, by Dmitri Kasterine - NPG P1338

Sir John Richardson

by Dmitri Kasterine
digital print, 2008
NPG P1338

Sir John Richardson, by Francis Goodman - NPG Ax39638

Sir John Richardson

by Francis Goodman
bromide contact print, 1946
NPG Ax39638

Sir John Richardson, by Francis Goodman - NPG Ax39637

Sir John Richardson

by Francis Goodman
bromide contact print, 1946
NPG Ax39637

Sir John Richardson, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195476

Sir John Richardson

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1 June 1947
NPG x195476

Sir John Richardson, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195021

Sir John Richardson

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 2 March 1949
NPG x195021

Sir John Richardson, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195085

Sir John Richardson

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 2 March 1949
NPG x195085

Sir John Richardson, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195373

Sir John Richardson

by Francis Goodman
fourteen 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 2 March 1949
NPG x195373

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Sir John Richardson; James Bailey

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1 June 1947
NPG x195119

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