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.
Samuel Richardson, the Novelist (1684-1761), Seated Surrounded by his Second Family by Francis Hayman, 1740
- Oil on canvas
- 76.2 x 101.6 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £150,000 ( Total: £1,000,000)
- Acquired in:
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.
Samuel Richardson; by descent in the family to Brigadier Oliver Peck; John Nicholson, Haslemere, 2004; Agnew's.