by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, circa 1821
36 1/8 in. x 28 in. (917 mm x 710 mm)
Lent by Christopher Ricardo, 2007
Artistback to top
- Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 215 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This painting shows Ricardo, aged 49 in 1821, just two years before his relatively early death.
Events of 1821back to top
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On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
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