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Francis Russell Nixon

c. 1845-1855
an unknown artist (engraver) after George Richmond

copperplate engraving, heightened with China white on buff paper (frame: 54.5 cm x 44.2 cm, sight: 29.5 cm x 21.5 cm)

George Richmond, the son of a miniature painter, grew up in London, took early artistic instruction from his father and enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools in 1824. As a young man he was part of a circle of artists known as 'The Ancients', centred around William Blake. A prolific portraitist, Richmond ultimately depicted more than two thousand sitters, among them leading cultural figures such as Blake, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Darwin and John Ruskin. In early 1843, the newly ordained Bishop of Tasmania, Francis Russell Nixon (1803–1879), commissioned Richmond to create his portrait. Oxford-educated, Nixon was from a family of accomplished amateur artists (JMW Turner was a friend of his father's) and was a talented watercolourist, and later photographer, himself. During his time in Tasmania, he co-founded the Hobart Town Sketching Club, was on the organising committee for the first art exhibitions held in Tasmania, and held a solo exhibition of his own watercolour landscapes in 1858. Richmond's portrait of Nixon – on which this engraving is based – was donated to the National Trust of Tasmania in 2013 to hang in Nixon's former home, Bishopstowe, now called Runnymede.

Purchased 2009

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Artist and subject

George Richmond (age 36 in 1845)

Francis Nixon (age 42 in 1845)

Subject professions

Religion

Visual arts and crafts

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