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Sir John Richardson

Sir John Richardson, by Bernhard Smith, 1842 -NPG 888 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Richardson

by Bernhard Smith
8 in. (203 mm) diameter
NPG 888

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Incised (round left rim): JOHN RICHARDSON M. D.

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Another cast of this medallion is in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, signed and dated '1842'; it is listed by J. W. Goodison, Catalogue of Cambridge Portraits (1955), p 185 (344); a third also dated 1842 is in the collection of the Rev Edward Alston. A related marble medallion of 1844 is in the Linnean Society, London. The type was exhibited RA, 1844 (1346). The NPG medallion was presented at the same time as a companion medallion of Sir James Ross by Smith (NPG 887). Hooker thought they were both done in 1844, presumably the date when he purchased them, and described them as 'first-rate likenesses' (letter of 25 January 1892, NPG archives).

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Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, presented by him, 1892.

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Cumbrian Characters, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 1968 (60).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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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