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Portrait of Jonathan Richardson the Younger
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Portrait of Jonathan Richardson the Younger


Jonathan Richardson, the elder (1665 - 1745)

Height: 28.6 cm; Width: 23.9 cm;

Collector's mark, collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson, the elder (L.2184)
Inscription, 6 Aug 1733

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

About this work
Richardson’s eldest son, also called Jonathan, did not marry and continued to live at home with his father. The Richardsons shared artistic and literary interests and they collaborated in the writing of books on the art treasures of Italy and on Milton’s Paradise Lost. The two were so close that Richardson Senior described his son as ‘my other self’. The large number of informal portrait drawings Richardson made of him speaks of their harmonious domestic existence. (Permanent collection label)

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

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