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Sir Richard Steele

Sir Richard Steele, by Jonathan Richardson, 1712 -NPG 160 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Sir Richard Steele

by Jonathan Richardson
1712
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
NPG 160

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed, bottom left: Sr.R.Steele/Richardson.

This portraitback to top

Gibson-Wood has suggested Smith’s engraving was based on NPG 160 rather than NPG 5067. A version of NPG 160 (reversed, in a painted oval) sold Bonham’s, 22 March 2004, lot 211. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) As from Tasburgh Hall (Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, II, p 342, no.42) and The Old Rectory, Banningham.

Referenceback to top

Gibson-Wood 2000
C. Gibson-Wood, Jonathan Richardson, 2000, pp 241-42n25.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 329.

Provenanceback to top

[said to have come from the collection of the bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840)1] purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi 1863.

1 See NPG 159 Burnet.

Exhibitionsback to top

18th-century Drawings, British Museum, 1954; Liverpool 1958, no.40.

Reproductionsback to top

J. Smith 1713 (reversed, half-length oval, as J. Richardson pinx. 1712; J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 244).1

1 Illus. C. Gibson-Wood, Jonathan Richardson, 2000, p 60, fig.27.


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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