Jonathan Richardson

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Self portrait, 1729

Jonathan Richardson (1665–1745), sometimes called "the Elder" to distinguish him from his son, was an English artist, collector of drawings, and writer on art, working almost entirely as a portrait-painter in London

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Essay on the Theory of Painting (1725)[edit]

Jonathan Richardson (1725), Essay on the Theory of Painting, London
  • In picture we never die,never decay or grow older
  • Painting is that pleasant amusement being one of the means whereby we convey ideas to each other.
  • The pleasure that painting as a dumb art give us , is like what we have from misic, its beautiful forms, vlour and harmony are to the eye what sounds and the harmony are to the ear.
  • Words paint to the imagination but every man forms the thing to himself in his own way.
  • The theatre gives us representations of things , and there we see a sort of moving, speaking pictures but they are transient whereas painting remains and is always at hand.

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