PROVENANCE: With Colnaghi
Raymond Lister, the artist's biographer, and thence by descent
LITERATURE: Lister, Raymond (1981). George Richmond , Robin Garton Ltd., catalogue number 60a, ill. p. 86.
As a young artist George Richmond was an acolyte of the aged William Blake, a member of that circle called The Ancients, but he also became a great portrait painter. John was seven years old in 1861, the date given to this informal painting by Lister, and, as was the custom for a boy his age, he is dressed in a unisex gown; however, the sash and the stick he is holding like a sword indicate he was playing at soldiers. After first studying medicine, John Richmond became an architect.