Did you know that Connelly Library’s archives houses a collection of artwork?
One piece is an ink portrait of a young John Sartain by George Richmond drawn in 1928. Richmond was a preeminent Victoria portraitist, educated at the Royal Academy of the Arts and notable for for capturing likenesses of Charlotte Bronte, William Blake, and Charles Darwin (Clark 2014).
The painting includes the following transcription:
“It seems like parting with an old friend again to send this drawing to you, drawn more than half a century ago in your happy little room in Half Moon Street.
April 15th, 1828
1883 Geo. Richmond
Drawn from life, by Geo. Richmond, R.A. in 1828.”
John Sartain was the patriarch of a family of Philadelphia artists. He came to Philadelphia from London to pursue a career in engraving, but soon became known for painting, publishing, and supporting various arts and cultural institutions in the city. His daughter Emily Sartain was the principal of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art & Design) from 1886-1920. She was a great champion of the women’s art movement (Martinez 2000).
For more information about the Sartain family, check out Philadelphia’s Cultural Landscapes: The Sartain Family Legacy by Katherine Martinez, available at Connelly Library.
Clark, Elly. “About.” The George Richmond Portrait Project. 2010-2014. Accessed June 27, 2016. http://georgerichmondproject.com/about/.
Martinez, Katherine. Philadelphia Cultural Landscapes: The Sartain Family Legacy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2000.