GEORGE RICHMOND PORTRAIT PROJECT - supported by Arts Council West Midlands

George Richmond's great great granddaughter, my aunt, checking out the back of one of her portraits. March 2014

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 conducting audio interviews with the people I am meeting, about their ancestors and the portraits themselves.

I have been working on this project since 2010 and now, thanks to a grant from Arts Council West Midlands I am delighted to be able to take it to the next stage.

The website will trace and communicate the development of the project over the next few months.

Alongside tracing portraits that have never been seen out of their private collections, I am also working to highlight works that the public can visit, in museums, stately homes and galleries in the UK and beyond.

Working with me on the project at this stage is William Davie, project assistant; Julie Tsang, photographic assistant; Sian Jones, web builder, and Simon Harper, PR.