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Self-portrait in a wig
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Self-portrait in a wig

1738

Jonathan Richardson, the elder (1665 - 1745)

Chalk (red) on paper

Width: 34.2 cm; Height: 50.8 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.1590

About this work
Here Richardson depicts himself dressed formally, in a wig, instead of his usual at-home dress of soft cap and loose coat, and he confronts us with a dignified, even haughty public face. Unlike his other chalk drawings, this one was probably made to be framed and put on display. The choice of white paper rather the usual cheaper blue suggests that Richardson intended it to be shown more widely than his more unguarded and introspective self-portraits. (Permanent collection label)



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

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