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Jonathan Richardson

Jonathan Richardson, by Jonathan Richardson, 1730 -NPG 1831 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Jonathan Richardson

by Jonathan Richardson
1730
6 1/8 in. x 5 in. (156 mm x 127 mm)
NPG 1831

Inscriptionback to top

Dated in the artist's hand, bottom right: 5 Dec. 1730.

This portraitback to top

The pose is near the oil in hat at Polesden Lacy acquired 1913. A similar drawing in reverse stated to have come from the eminent virtuoso John Barnard (d. 1784) [1] was with Paul Grinke in 1969. Another in black chalk and life-size, also in reverse, British Museum (ECM 8), is inscribed erroneously Sir James Thornhill in a later hand.

Footnotesback to top

1) W. K. Wimsatt, The Portraits of Alexander Pope, 1965, p 152.

Physical descriptionback to top

Wig with looped ends, neck-band, coat.

Conservationback to top

The pencil now faded.

Provenanceback to top

Presented, 1918, by Richard Budgett.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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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