Richard Arkwright

Made:
1850-1859 in England
artist:
Unattributed
Painting. [Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792)] / 185-?.  Oil on canvas; 73.5x60.5cm in gilt frame, 99.5x87x8cm.

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Painting. [Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792)] / 185-?. Oil on canvas; 73.5x60.5cm in gilt frame, 99.5x87x8cm.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), after Thomas Gainsborough, 185os. Oil on canvas in gilt frame. Cartwright appears half length, facing left, in a plain brown waistcoat and white shirt, against a dark background.

This portrait formed part of the Bennet Woodcroft Bequest, which was among the founding collections of the Science Museum. Woodcroft had developed a 'National Gallery of Portraits of Inventors, Discoverers and Introducers of the Useful Arts’ combining gifts, loans and purchases of portraits, while acting as the first curator of the Patent Museum.

An engraving of this portrait was made by Thomas Oldham Barlow in 1862 and included in the Portfolio of 'Portraits of Inventors of Machines for the Manufacture of Textile Fabrics with Memoirs' published by Thomas Agnew & Sons with an introduction by Woodcroft in 1862 (see 1980-840). Text under the print lists the portrait as in Woodcroft's collection.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1903-212
Measurements:
frame: 995 mm x 870 mm x 80 mm,
image: 735 mm x 605 mm
type:
portrait
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Woodcroft Collection