Samuel Richardson (1689–1761)

Image credit: The Stationers' Company

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Richardson was Master of the Stationers' Company in 1754. He was a successful Master Printer and was printer to the House of Commons. Famous as a novelist, he is considered the 'father of the English novel'. There is another version in the National Portrait Gallery. Joseph Highmore, a successful portrait painter and pupil of Kneller, was a friend of the Richardson family and painted Mrs Richardson as well.

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Samuel Richardson (1689–1761)




oil on canvas


H 124.5 x W 99 cm

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presented, 1811 (along with companion portrait of his second wife, this second lost to an enemy incendiary bomb on 29th December 1940)

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