Samuel Richardson, the Novelist (1684-1761), Seated Surrounded by his Second Family by Francis Hayman

A conversation piece depicting the novelist Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) with his second wife Elizabeth Leake, their four daughters and a friend of the family.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£150,000 ( Total: £1,000,000)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Agnew's

Richardson achieved overnight success with his first novel, 'Pamela or Virtue Rewarded', published in 1740. The painting may have been conceived to celebrate Richardson's success. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Samuel Richardson; by descent in the family to Brigadier Oliver Peck; John Nicholson, Haslemere, 2004; Agnew's.

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