- George Richmond, English, 1809-1896
- Born: England
- Work Locations: England
Self-Portrait, about 1840
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.27
George Richmond was one of the nineteenth century’s most gifted portraitists. He exhibited his first work at London’s Royal Academy at age sixteen and by his mid-twenties had established a thriving portraiture practice. Throughout a long career, he portrayed members of the gentry and others in high positions, among them Charlotte Bronte and Charles Darwin. Richmond’s style reflects his academic training combined with a love of the Old Masters. In this work, dated about 1840, the dramatic lighting effects recall examples by Caravaggio and his followers, which he could have seen throughout his his Italian sojourn in the late 1830s.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018