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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), Portrait painter

Portrait painter and connoisseur; pupil of John Riley and a successor of Sir G. Kneller; Theory of Painting, published 1715, influenced Reynolds as a young man; An Essay on ... Criticism as it relates to Painting appeared 1719, and, 1722, An Account of ... Statues, Bas-Reliefs, Drawings and Pictures in Italy written in collaboration with his son Jonathan (1694-1771) who also painted a little; some of his notable old master drawings which passed to Sir Thomas Lawrence were acquired for the Ashmolean, 1845.

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Croft Murray et al. (n.d.)
E. Croft Murray and others, Catalogue of British Drawings [in the British Museum], II (in preparation).

Kerslake 1957
J. F. Kerslake, 'The Richardsons and the Cult of Milton', Burlington Magazine, CXIX, 1957.

Lugt 1921-56
F. Lugt, Les Marques de Collections, 1921-56.

Piper 1968
D. T. Piper, 'The Development of the British Literary Portrait up to Samuel Johnson', Proceedings British Academy, LIV, 1968.

Wark 1969
R. R. Wark, Early British Drawings in the Huntington Collection 1600-1750, The Huntington Library, 1969.

Wimsatt 1965
W. K. Wimsatt, The Portraits of Alexander Pope, 1965.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.