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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Blake Richmond (1842-1921), Painter; son of George Richmond

Painter; born at 10 York Street, London, on 29 November 1842, the second son of George Richmond RA. Entered Royal Academy Schools 1858; early style influenced by Pre-Raphaelites then developed towards Aestheticism in portraiture and mythologies; Slade Professor, Oxford 1879–83; exh. RA 1861–77, went over to the Grosvenor Gallery 1877–88; elected ARA 1887 and resumed exhibiting at RA until 1916; elected RA 1895; knighted 1897; regular visitor to the Mediterranean and North Africa; designed cartoons for mosaic decoration at St Paul’s Cathedral 1891–99; died at his home, Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith, on 11 February 1921.

One trait in Richmond’s character which I liked, but which was not popular, apparently, with everyone, was that he took a boyish delight, half unconscious, in playing a part – sometimes the devout ascetic, spending weeks in a mountain monastery with holy friars and religious exercises, or as the devil-may-care swashbuckler and braggart, at other times the humble and devoted student of Art, or the purely pagan Platonist, rejoicing in all the pleasures of the world.

His appearance in the 1880s:

With a boyish, hearty manner, long fairish hair parted in the middle and silky beard and moustache, a rather décolleté collar and flowing necktie, he was quite ‘in the picture’ as host at his rambling old house and studio. [1]

Carol Blackett-Ord

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1) Jacomb-Hood 1925, p.54–5.

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Carol Blackett-Ord