Richardson, Jonathan
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Portrait painter and most important English art theorist of the early Enlightenment. Born London 12. 1. 1667, died there 28. 5. 1745; worked in London.

Work and influence

R. came from a modest background, and successfully forged for himself a career as an independent portrait painter in London. From at least the early years of the 18th cent., he was one of the leading portraitists of the British aristocracy, as well as of middle-class intellectuals and men of letters. He al…

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Stähli, Adrian, “Richardson, Jonathan”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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