George Richmond was born on 28 march 1809. He did two the famous crayon portraits of Elisabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. We know how they look thank to these beautiful works. Gaskell was a friend of Charlotte Brontë, and, having been invited to write the official life, determined both to tell the truth and to honour her friend.
|Elizabeth Gaskell: 1851 portrait by George Richmond|
George Richmond (28 March 1809 – 19 March 1896) was an English painter and portraitist. In his youth he was a member of The Ancients, a group of followers of William Blake. Later in life he established a career as a portrait painter, which included painting the portraits of the British gentry, nobility and royalty.
He was the son of Thomas Richmond, miniature-painter, and was the father of the painter William Blake Richmond as well as the grandfather of the naval historian, Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond.
A keen follower of cricket, Richmond was noted in one obituary as having been "an habitué of Lord's since 1816". (source wikipedia.en)
|Charlotte Brontë by George Richmond, 1850|