The Berger Collection

George Richmond (1809-1896)
Self-Portrait, ca. 1840
Oil on canvas
23 ½ x 18 ½ in. (59.69 x 46.99 cm)

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One of the nineteenth century’s most gifted portraitists, George Richmond enjoyed a successful career portraying members of the gentry and others in high positions, among them Charlotte Brontë and Charles Darwin. Richmond’s style reflects his academic training combined with a love of the Old Masters. In this work, dated about 1840, the tenebrism, seen here in the background, recalls examples by Caravaggio and his followers that Richmond could have seen on his Italian sojourn in the late 1830s.


The artist's studio; by descent to his great-great-granddaughter; from whom purchased by Hazlitt Gooden & Fox, London, 2007

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