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Richard Redgrave

Born: London, 30 April 1804
Died: London, 14 December 1888
Nationality: English
Background: 

son of an accountant

Studies: 

with John Powell at Royal Academy (RA) Schools (1826)

Career: 

1825 – first RA exhibition; exhibits regularly until 1883

1820s-40s – regular exhibitor at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Arts

1840 – elected member of RA

1847 –becomes professor at RA School of Design

1848 – appointed School of Design Headmaster

1851 – becomes full member of RA

1853 – publishes An Elementary Manual of Colour

1855 – member of British selection committee for Exposition universelle (Paris)

1857 – appointed Inspector-General for Art and Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures

1866 – publishes A Century of Painters of the British School

1877 – publishes Descriptive Catalogue of the Historical Collection of Watercolour Paintings in the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum)

Commissions from: 

John Sheepshanks

Important Artworks: 

The Sempstress, 1844 (1846 version in Forbes Magazine Collection)

Emigrant’s Last Sight of Home, 1858 (Tate, London)

Web resources

smathistory: Redgrave's The Sempstress