Attributed to Jonathan Richardson

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Attributed to Jonathan Richardson
Portrait of a Man (Rev. Samuel Say?)
Metalpoint, some graphite, on vellum.
6 1/4 x 4 13/16 inches (159 x 122 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Fol. 14, no. 32 in the Bull Album.
Attributed to Jonathan Richardson, Sr. in Fairfax Murray.


Inscribed (by the artist?) in metalpoint: Revd [period under "d"] Mr [period under "r"] Samuel Say. 1739. drawn from the life. by R.; on verso at lower right in graphite: H[?; illegible] Revnd Mr[superscript "r"] Say / 14[?] Nov. 1739 [illegible]; inscribed in decorative border at lower center, in pen and brown ink: ob. April 12. 1743.; beyond decorative border at upper left in graphite: x 20; at upper right: 32; below decorative border in pen and brown ink within double ruled border, in Richard Bull's hand (?): He was some yeas Pastor of a dissenting congregation at Ipswich, and in 1733 succeeded to / Dr[superscript "r"] Calamy in Westminster. in the year 1737, at the request of Mr[superscript "r"] Richardson the Painter he wrote / two Essays on the harmony, variety, and power of Numbers in general, and on those of Paradise / Lost in particular, which were much read and admired, and were soon after published / in our Vol. 2no[superscript "o"][?]. His only daughter was married to Mr[superscript "r"] Toms a dissenting Minister in the / town of Hadleigh, Suffolk. Several of his letters, which shew him to have been a very / sensible Man are in the Collection published by Mr[superscript "r"] Duncombe; his character of Bridget / Bendish in the Appendix to the letters, is very remarkable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .; on album leaf at lower right in graphite: Bull's / hand. Collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson Sr. stamped at lower right and on verso at lower right.

Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (Lugt 2183); Richard Bull, Ongar, Essex (Lugt 314 and Lugt S. 314); Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca. 1840-ca. 1892), London and Paris; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 9-13 December 1889, lot 1146; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Associated names: 

Bull, Richard, 1725-1806, former owner.
Thibaudeau, Alphonse Wyatt, 1840-1893, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 36, repr.

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