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Portrait of Isaac Richardson

A work made of graphite on vellum.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on vellum.




Jonathan Richardson
British, 1667-1745

About this artwork

Jonathan Richardson was a portrait painter, author, and collector, who often copied Old Master drawings in his collection. His second son, Isaac, died at sea in 1721 at the age of 17. Based on a painting of 1712, this compelling image was part of a group of portraits on vellum that Richardson drew in the 1730s as a record of those closest to him.


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Prints and Drawings


Jonathan Richardson, the elder


Portrait of Isaac Richardson


United Kingdom (Artist's nationality:)

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Graphite on vellum


13.5 × 10.1 cm (5 3/8 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Mary S. Adams and Sara R. Shorey Endowments

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