Man's Head

Jonathan Richardson Sr. British

Not on view

Jonathan Richardson Senior was a leading early eighteenth-century portrait painter who also wrote influential texts on art and connoisseurship and formed an important collection of Old Master drawings. Early in his career he rarely made preparatory studies, but in his fifties he began regularly to portray himself and his son in works that suggest an appreciation for drawing as an aesthetic pursuit. Once he retired from painting, Richardson made such drawings daily. This example may be a lightly sketched self-portrait but could also be a copy.

Man's Head, Jonathan Richardson Sr. (British, London 1667–1745 London), Red chalk with black chalk indications

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