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by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, circa 1729
29 in. x 24 3/4 in. (737 mm x 629 mm)
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- Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), Portrait painter. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 125 portraits.
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- Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 125 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
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Richardson was an habitual self-portraitist. Horace Walpole noted that 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'. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
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- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 228
- Lowell Libson Ltd., Lowell Libson Ltd: British Art, 2017, p. 11
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 66 Read entry
Dated October 1735, when Richardson was sixty-eight years old, the black chalk image with white highlights is a candid self-scrutiny. Wigless, he is undressed, presenting his bare and bony bald pate together with the crêpy folds of his neck skin. It is a startlingly different self-perspective to the other three more conventional views. Richardson is recognisable in all the varying media and poses illustrating his propensity to use self-portraiture as a means of flexing his artistic muscles.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 520
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Events of 1729back to top
Current affairsCommittee of the House of Commons appointed to enquire into the state of Britain's gaols.
Opening of the first Putney Bridge; the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Kingston Bridge at the time.
Tornado destroys buildings in Sussex and Kent
Art and scienceChiswick House in London, a pioneering example of English Palladian revival architecture, is designed by its owner Richard Boyle with the help of the architect William Kent.
Jonathan Swift publishes A Modest Proposal; a satirical attack on attitudes towards the poor and Irish policy more generally.
InternationalBenjamin Franklin prints, publishes and largely writes the weekly Pennsylvania Gazette, which soon becomes the most successful newspaper in the colonies.
Treaty of Seville seals peace between Britain and Spain.
King Frederick IV of Denmark charters the Danish East India Company.
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