Painter, draughtsman and engraver George Richmond was born in London in 1809. He entered the Royal Academy of London in 1824, the same year as Edward Calvert, who was a part-time student of Joseph Severn.
Richmond had his first exhibition at the Academy in 1825. During the same year, he met William Blake in the Highgate house of John Linnell. Richmond was greatly influenced by Blake, likening him to the Prophet Isaiah, and forming close friendships with his other followers, including Calvert. Richmond and Calvert became members of Samuel Palmer’s band of ANCIENTS, and frequented the Kent village in the late 1820s and early 1830s.
In addition to being a painter, Richmond was also active as a draughtsman and miniaturist during this period. He also excelled in printmaking, producing such line- engravings as “The Shepard” and the “Fatal Bellman”. Richmond died in London in 1896.