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GEORGE RICHMOND, R.A. (1809-1896)
  • GEORGE RICHMOND, R.A. (1809-1896)

    THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (After Raphael)

    Inscribed to card on reverse Copy of Raphael / December 11th 1875 / by Geo. Richmond R.A.

    Bears label with transcription of original inscriptions to painting's case

    Oil on panel

    25 x 28.5 cm



    Given by the artist to Dr. John William Ogle (1824 - 1905) in 1882;

    Anonymous sale, Bonham's, Chester, 05.03.2013, Lot 395;

    Private collection, Southwest England





    This subject, copied from Raphael's similarly-sized composition (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, see image 3 above), was apparently given by the artist to his friend, Dr. John Ogle, in 1882. This information was incised upon a wooden box that once contained this picture (a presentation method which Richmond used on several occasions, including for a portrait of his son presently with John Robertson Fine Art, UK), now lost, but recorded upon a modern handwritten label to the reverse. Presumably Richmond had access to the original when it was in the esteemed picture collection of `the richest heiress in England`, Angela Georgina Burdett, later Baroness Burdett-Coutts (1817-1906).


    Richmond had painted another scene from this part of the Passion narrative, showing Christ supported by an angel in Gethsemane, also titled The Agony in the Garden, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1858 (now in the Yale Centre for British Art, acc. no. B1984.8). It is probable that the present work was painted considerably earlier than the date at which it was gifted to Dr Ogle.

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