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Richard West

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Richard West, by Jonathan Richardson, 1725, based on a work of circa 1725 -NPG 17 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Richard West

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
1725, based on a work of circa 1725
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
NPG 17

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Wearing the robes of lord chancellor of Ireland with his purse beside him. NPG 17 was first received as by Highmore and of Sir William Wyndham, to whom it bears a strong resemblance, but comparison with a version securely identified as West, formerly at the Inner Temple and presented by the sitter’s grand-nephew, Richard Glover MP, [1] led to the present identification.
The original portrait, of which NPG 17 is a version of uneven quality, is apparently that at Mellerstain which is inscribed, bottom left, Richard West Esqr./Richardson p.1725. A version from the collection of Capt. R. D. Franks was sold Christie’s, 1 May 1963, lot 7 (with a companion piece of an unknown lady), and 25 May 1984, lot 155.

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1) Last recorded in the Catalogue of Paintings … of the Inner Temple, 1915, p 90. Seen by Scharf in 1867 when called a ‘duplicate of NPG picture. dull & poor’; at the time NPG 17 was still called Wyndham, but Scharf noted the Inner Temple version was called Richard West (Sir George Scharf’s Sketch Books, 80:23) and must have changed the NPG identity then, or soon after.

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Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 373.

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H. Smart, London, from whom purchased 1857.

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National Gallery of Ireland 1898–1979.1

1 Listed at Dublin as National Gallery of Ireland 477 (1908 cat., p 429). NPG 17 appeared in none of the early NPG catalogues.


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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