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Richard Redgrave
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Redgrave

Richard Redgrave (1804–1888)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(b London, 30 Apr. 1804; d London, 14 Dec. 1888). English painter, writer, and art administrator. He began as a painter of anecdotal literary subjects, often in 18th-century costume, but in the 1840s he became a pioneer of scenes of contemporary social concern (The Poor Teacher, 1845, Shipley AG, Gateshead). ‘It is one of my most gratifying feelings’, he wrote, ‘that many of my best efforts in art have aimed at calling attention to the trials and struggles of the poor and the oppressed.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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