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 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).
Gallery label, February 2016
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