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Johan Zoffany RA painting brings eighteenth century Richmond to life.

This is a story of artistic supremacy and commercial success, family dynasty, topographical and architectural splendour, and royal connection, involving two British kings.

A talk by art historian David Wilson. Monday 16th March 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, Paradise Road, Richmond. Writer and historian Dr David Wilson, FSA, will give a talk on his book, published in 2014, ‘Johan Zoffany RA and The Sayer Family of Richmond’, which concerns one of the most prominent families in Richmond upon Thames in the second half of the eighteenth century.

“It will be fascinating to learn more about this eighteenth century artist’s connection to Richmond.” says The Museum of Richmond Curator Natascha Wintersinger.

Wilson will explain the intriguing circumstances in which Zoffany painted the picture and how it unlocks the complex history of the three characters it captures ‘in conversation’. The book was described in The British Art Journal review as ‘inspiring’ and ‘ground-breaking’.

Dr. David Wilson

David Wilson is an art historian and a specialist adviser on and dealer in European sculpture and pictures from the 16th and 20th centuries. Wilson was awarded a doctorate in the History of Art by Warwick University, his research on the history of sculpture and painting has been published extensively in academic journals. He has written three books, including his important study of Johann Zoffany and Robert Sayer.

More Information

  • Monday 16th March 7.30pm. At St Mary Magdalene Church, Paradise Road, Richmond.
  • Tickets – £8 or £5 concession (student or Museum member) they can be purchased by contacting the Museum of Richmond on 0208 332 1141 or on the night.
  • Reduced price copies of the book, signed by the author, will be on sale on the night.