Sir William Blake Richmond

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Sir William Blake Richmond

70 artworks

English Victorian Neoclassical painter, sculptor and designer

Born 1842 - Died 1921

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Adam and Eve Expelled from Eden

circa 1876

Oil on canvas

202.5 x 89.9 cms | 79 1/2 x 35 1/4 ins

Brighton and Hove Museums & Art Galleries, Brighton, United Kingdom


The Slave


Oil on canvas

91.4 x 52.7 cms | 35 3/4 x 20 1/2 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Aphrodite Between Eros and Himeros

Oil on canvas

217.7 x 126.2 cms | 85 1/2 x 49 1/2 ins

World Of Glass, Saint Helens, United Kingdom


Orpheus Returning from the Shades


Oil on canvas

185.5 x 115.5 cms | 73 x 45 1/4 ins

Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

Female Figure with a Red Turban

Oil on board

43 x 29.5 cms | 16 3/4 x 11 1/2 ins

Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, Dudley, United Kingdom

Rocks at Tintagel

Oil on canvas

50 x 39 cms | 19 1/2 x 15 1/4 ins


A Sibyl

Oil on canvas

117 x 95.5 cms | 46 x 37 1/2 ins

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, United Kingdom


An Umbrian Threshing Floor Near Rocca Sant' Angelo

Oil on panel

40.5 x 33 cms | 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

St Joan of Arc


71 x 56 cms | 27 3/4 x 22 ins

Hera in the House of Hephaistos


Oil on canvas

170 x 142 cms | 66 3/4 x 55 3/4 ins

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, United States

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RICHMOND, SIR WILLIAM BLAKE (1842-1921), English painter and decorator, was born in London on the 29th of November, 1842. His father, George Richmond, R.A. (1809-1896), himself the son of a successful miniature painter, was a distinguished artist, who painted the portraits of the most eminent people of his day, and played an important part in society. At the age of fourteen William Richmond entered the Royal Academy schools, where he worked for about three years. A visit to Italy in 1859 gave him special opportunity for studying the works of the old masters, and had an important effect upon his development. His first Academy picture was a portrait group (1861); and to this succeeded, during the next three years, several other pictures of the same class. In 1865 he returned to Italy, and spent four years there, living chiefly at Rome. To this period belongs the large canvas, A Procession in Honour of Bacchus, which he exhibited at the Academy in 1869 when he came back to England. His picture, An Audience at Athens, was exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1885. He became Slade professor at Oxford, succeeding Ruskin [1819-1900], in 1878, but resigned three years later. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1888 and Royal Academician in 1895; he received the degree of D.C.L. in 1896, and a knighthood of the Bath in 1897, and became professor of painting to the Royal Academy. Apart from his pictures, he is notable for his work in decorative art, his most conspicuous achievement being the internal decoration and the glass mosaics of St Paul's Cathedral. Sir William Richmond also took a keen interest in social questions, particularly in smoke-prevention in London.

  • Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.