Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness (recto); Two Portrait Studies of the Artist's Wife, and a Study of a Leg and Torso (verso)
George Richmond (British, Brompton 1809–1896 London)
Graphite, pen and black ink, brush and black wash, with white gouache on paper (recto); graphite and black chalk with touches of gouache on paper (verso)
sheet: 17 1/2 x 12 13/16 in. (44.5 x 32.6 cm)
Purchase, Isaacson-Draper Foundation Gift, 2002
Not on view
RECTO: Expelled from Abraham's household by his jealous wife Sarah, the Egyptian slave Hagar strides forward, and gently pulls her illegitimate son, Ishmael, behind her (Genesis 21:14). A disembodied pair of legs sketched at the top of the sheet explores the child's reluctant pose. The portrait painter, miniaturist, and printmaker George Richmond drew these Old Testament figures during a heady period of youthful exuberance, when he belonged to an artistic brotherhood devoted to the example of William Blake and Renaissance art.
VERSO: The head and neck of an engaging young woman, her hair falling in fashionable ringlets beside her face, appears twice: viewed from the front and turned slightly to the left. These impromptu portraits depict the artist's wife, Julia, with whom he had eloped at the age of twenty-one. The two would have fifteen children, ten of whom survived infancy, including Sir William Blake Richmond, the painter named for his father's artistic mentor.
Descendants of the artist; Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London), in association with W/S Fine Art, London, in 2001; Vendor: Flavia Ormond Fine Arts Limited
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15, 2002–October 6, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 2008–July 13, 2008.
Susan Sloman, Andrew Wyld, Colin Harrison Missing Pages: George Richmond, R.A., 1809–1896, Drawings, Watercolours, Letters, Journals & Notebooks: An Exhibition Presented by Agnew's in association with W/S Fine Art Dealer cat. Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., W.S Fine Art Ltd. / Andrew Wyld, London, October 31–November 23, 2001, cat. no. 14.
Master Drawings, 1500-1895. Flavia Ormond Fine Arts Limited, London, January 21–February 8, 2002.