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Jonathan Richardson, the elder (1665 - 1745)

Width: 27.1 cm; Height: 37.8 cm;

Collector's mark, collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson, the elder (L.2184)
Inscription, 5 Oct 1732
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
The introduction of red chalk here produces a more naturalistic appearance than black and white alone. The red line Richardson has used to define the contour of his face is drawn over the top of a fainter black line, giving a softer impression. Chalk is a versatile medium because it is soft and responsive enough to work rapidly on a large scale, whilst it can also be sharpened to a point for fine linear detail. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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