William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) Prime Minister
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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.
- 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
- GAC number