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The George Richmond Portrait Project involves tracing ancestral portraits by George Richmond RA (1809-1896) to private homes in order to photograph both the portraits and their current guardians (descendants of those portrayed) in situ. I am also recording interviews with the people I am meeting, about their ancestors and their portraits.

George Richmond produced over 3000 portraits, of which over 200 are in the National Portrait Gallery in London, many within the collection of the National Trust but most are still in private collections. Well known sitters include Charles Darwin, Edward VII, William Wilberforce, Elizabeth Fry and Charlotte Bronte.

Additional audio extracts may be found here. You can also download a transcript of the audio that accompanied an exhibition of this project at Galerie September in Berlin in December 2010 in English / auf Deutsch

or from the 2014 exhibition at GSL Projekt Berlin here:

George Richmond is my great great great grandfather.

I have been working on this project since 2010. In 2014 I received a Research & Development grant from Arts Council West Midlands.

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Lucy, Countess of Home in the Dining Room
Katherine and Jonathan van der Werff, May 2010
James Colqhoun Colvin in the hall by the stairs at the Van der Werff's house
James Hervey Bathurst in the Study at Eastnor Castle, October 2010
Arthur Herbert Somers Cocks outside the kitchen at Eastnor
Sir James and Lady Scott at Rotherfield, July 2010
John and Elizabeth Gurney at the Lubbock's house in Suffolk
Joseph Lubbock at his Printing Press
Ruth Lubbock in her garden
Conway Seymour and Ivor in London
My Aunt Pen at home in Suffolk
with portrait of her great great uncle John Richmond by his father George
Edmund Warre, c.1855 by George Richmond
My paternal great great great grandfather portrays my maternal great great great grandfather.