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Stephen Peter Rigaud and Mary Anne Rigaud

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of 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.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford

Title

Stephen Peter Rigaud and Mary Anne Rigaud

Date

pre 1778

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 126 x W 100 cm

Accession number

WA1889.1

Acquisition method

Presented by Miss Rigaud, 1889 On loan.

Work type

Painting

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