Jonathan Richardson Portrait of the Artist’s Son, Jonathan Richardson the Younger, in his Study c. 1734

Artwork details

Artist
Jonathan Richardson 1667–1745
Title
Portrait of the Artist’s Son, Jonathan Richardson the Younger, in his Study
Date c. 1734
Medium Oil paint on canvas on board
Dimensions Support: 904 x 715 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Tate Patrons 2010
Reference
T13207
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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Jonathan Richardson was Britain’s leading native-born artist of his generation and one of an elite group of portrait painters. He was also the most important English art theorist of the early-18th century. This painting depicts his eldest son, who shared many of his father’s cultural interests but was raised a gentleman, not a professional artist. He is shown as a connoisseur in his study reading Greek philosophy, an antique bust of Homer placed nearby. On the wall hangs a self-portrait by his father and a portrait of his mother who had died in 1726 (hence the divine rays).

October 2013

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