Never intended for public display, these honest and intimate drawings of the artist’s own face are so precise that they could be a documentary account of the master painter's features as well as a ubiquitous tale of human ageing. These meditative sketches are also a curious contrast to the heavier oil portraits that Jonathan Richardson the Elder produced for his patrons.
In the final section, the exhibition includes four drawings of Richardson’s eldest son, whom the artist was so close to that he called him ‘my other Self’. This show asks us to consider the nature of the ‘Self’, where the vulnerability of mortality lingers on every delicate page.
|What||Jonathan Richardson by Himself, Courtauld Gallery|
|Where||Courtauld Gallery, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
24 Jun 15 – 20 Sep 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Price||£7, Concessions £6, National Art Pass holders and students free of charge|
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