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Stephen Peter Rigaud and Mary Anne Rigaud

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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This portrait, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1778, shows the children of the artist's brother, James Stephen Rigaud, Astronomer: Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774–1839), who was four, and his elder sister, who was seven. They are seen playfully embracing each other in Richmond Park; the building in the background is Kew Observatory, where their father was employed. S. P. Rigaud spent his later years at Oxford, where he was Savilian Professor of Geometry, 1810–1827 and of Astronomy, 1827–1839.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Stephen Peter Rigaud and Mary Anne Rigaud


pre 1778


oil on canvas


H 126 x W 100 cm

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Acquisition method

Presented by Miss Rigaud, 1889 On loan.

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