William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) Prime Minister

George Richmond (1809 - 1896)

Chalk and wash on paper

11 April 1843
  • About the work
    Country: Greece
    City: Athens
    Place: British Embassy

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  • About the artist
    George Richmond was born in London and received his first training in art from his father, Thomas Richmond, a miniature portrait painter. From 1824 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools, where he was taught briefly by Henry Fuseli. He was particularly influenced by the visionary art of William Blake, joining the close circle of Blake’s followers known as ‘The Ancients’. Richmond later established a reputation as a leading portraitist and painted several notable figures, including William Wilberforce (1832) and John Ruskin (1842). In 1867, he was elected a Royal Academician. He died in London, just before turning 87.
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    William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) Prime Minister
    11 April 1843
    Chalk and wash on paper
    height: 59.50 cm, width: 44.00 cm
    Purchased from Agnew's, January 1953
    Collection of Lady Acland; with Agnew's Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in January 1953
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