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Novelist and printer; his three novels Pamela, Clarissa Harlowe and Sir Charles Grandison, enjoyed enormous popularity at home and abroad, and brought him a wide circle of friends and correspondents. For many years he printed the Journal of the House of Commons. Joseph Highmore's portrait of the novelist and publisher Samuel Richardson is a well-documented example of personal symbolism in a portrait.
oil on canvas
H 52.7 x W 36.8 cm
Purchased, 1896. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire