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Self Portrait
Photo credit: National Trust Images

Self Portrait c.1728

Jonathan Richardson the elder (1667–1745)

National Trust, Polesden Lacey

(b London, 12 Jan. 1667; d London, 28 May 1745). English portrait painter, writer, and collector. He was John Riley's most important pupil and one of the leading portraitists in the generation after Kneller's death. This period, however, has been described by Sir Ellis Waterhouse as ‘the most drab in the history of British painting’, and Richardson is now remembered more for his writings than his pictures.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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