Sir Richard Steele
2 of 33 portraits of Sir Richard Steele
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Sir Richard Steele
by Jonathan Richardson
49 7/8 in. x 40 1/8 in. (1264 mm x 1019 mm)
This portraitback to top
A three-quarter-length version of NPG 160. Steele had joined Richardson as a director of the Queen Street Academy in 1712.
Referenceback to top
C. Gibson-Wood, Jonathan Richardson, 2000, pp 37, 69.
Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 585.
Provenanceback to top
1 John Warner, goldsmith of Temple Bar; his daughter Kitty (1739-72), who married Jervoise Clarke (1734-1808), who assumed the name of Clarke-Jervoise in 1777 (and bought Idsworth from Lord Dormer in 1789); by descent to Major A. F. Clarke-Jervoise of Idsworth Park, Hants.; his sale, Christie’s, 21 March 1975, lot 136, bought Osborne; Christie’s, 19 December 1975, lot 5, bought Leggatt for the NPG.
1 This provenance is based on a letter of 20 February 1976 (on file) from K. S. Southam, executor of Maj. A. F. Clarke-Jervoise (and see R. Blanchard, The correspondence of Sir Richard Steele, 1941, pp 55, 61, 68, 81, 277, 298, 308). John Warner, a godson of Bishop Burnet, was Steele’s banker and godfather to Eugene, Steele’s son; he sat to Richardson in 1720 (Idsworth sale, 21 March 1975, lot 137; Phillips, 8 June 1995, lot 84).
Reproductionsback to top
See NPG 160.
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.