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William Cheselden

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William Cheselden, by Jonathan Richardson, circa 1730 -NPG 4995 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Cheselden

by Jonathan Richardson
circa 1730
5 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (140 mm x 118 mm)
NPG 4995

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed verso: Wm. Chiselden Esq Surgn with Richardson the elder’s JR monogram stamp; the mount is inscribed in ink in an 18th-century hand, recto and verso: Mr. Chiselden.

This portraitback to top

Apparently made from the life. The Richardson stamps make it clear that the drawing was not a commission nor for sale. [1] Richardson had met Cheselden by 1722 and his several portraits testify to their friendship. [2]

Footnotesback to top

1) C. Gibson-Wood, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, exhibition catalogue, Tulsa, Miami, Washington DC, Ottawa, NPG, Manchester, Carlisle, Canterbury, 1994, XXXII/3, p 214.
2) See C. Gibson-Wood, Jonathan Richardson, 2000, p 78.

Referenceback to top

Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 120.

Provenanceback to top

The artist’s sale, Cock’s, 22 January-10 February 1747; his son’s sale, Langford, 5-12 February 1772;1 ‘a country auction sale’,2 bought D. G. Roberts; his sale Christie’s, 4 June 1974, lot 92, bought John Baskett, from whom purchased 1974.

1 These sales are identified by the stamps described above, see F. Lugt, Marques de Collections, 1920, nos. 2184, 2170.
2 According to D. G. Roberts (letter on file, dated 8 November 1974).

Exhibitionsback to top

Beningbrough 1979–81.


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685–1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.

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