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Richard Payne Knight (1751–1824), Benefactor and Trustee of the British Museum

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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Richard Payne Knight, who bequeathed a collection of bronzes, coins, gems, cameos and old master drawings, was one of the major benefactors of the British Museum. His wealth was based on the activities of his grandfather, the ironmaster Richard Knight (1659–1745). The original portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence was produced for the Society of Dilettanti in 1805. The painter of this copy, Margaret Sarah Carpenter, was the leading female artist of her day.

British Museum



oil on canvas


H 76.5 x W 64.2 cm

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gift from the artist, 1852

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