NPG Number
4995
Mkey
1266
Sitter/Title
William Cheselden
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
JonathanRichardson
Date made
circa 1730
Medium
graphite on vellum
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
william cheselden

1266

4995

William Cheselden

by

Jonathan Richardson

circa 1730

graphite on vellum

© National Portrait Gallery, London

This portrait is of the anatomist and eminent surgeon William Cheselden, who was one of the closest friends of the artist, Jonathan Richardson. It is one of a series of small chalk and graphite drawings of friends and acquaintances that Richardson made in his retirement. Some of these images were drawn from memory and together, they represent a sustained project in recording friendships across Richardson's whole life. Drawing was the perfect medium for this project as it allowed Richardson to produce a large number of images quickly and was closely associated with friendship and intimacy.