JONATHAN RICHARDSON SNR. (1667-1745), BRITISH
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN WITH LONG HAIR (POSSIBLY A SELF-PORTRAIT)
Black chalk on grey wove paper, laid down at edges
7.75 x 6.5 in — 19.7 x 16.5 cm
Ex. Collection Walter Brandt
Christopher Powney, Dealer in Drawings, Shropshire, UK
From whom purchased by the Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario in 1989
A pupil of John Riley (1646-91), Richardson drew and etched portraits and wrote books on art and art theory. He made a great number of portrait drawings, mostly in black chalk, including self-portraits at various ages with long curly hair. In all of these, he was seated facing the same direction and wearing a white cravat with overcoat.