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Paintings: G0420


Richard Leveridge


Oil on canvas




Height: 91.5cm
Width: 72.5cm
height (frame): 112cm
width (frame): 92cm


Thomas Harris; Harris sale, Robins 12 July 1819 (43) (no artist); Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 44 (by Frye)
RW 12 (by Thomas Frye)
CKA 12 (by A. Vandermyn)

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (44)

Engraving history

A. Van Der Mijn pub. 1753, mezzotint 31.1 x 25.1 (oval in rect) Inscr: "O the Roast Beef of Old England" (below)


Patmore p. 272: "Old Leveridge by Vandermyn, a most capital and characteristic head."

Leveridge wears a dark brown coat with gold trim and a pale blue waistcoat. There is a green curtain behind him.
Patmore must have known the engraving, as he ignores Mathews's attribution to Thomas Frye.
Leveridge began his singing career in the mid-1690s and performed at various London theatres until 1751. He also composed many songs and was one of the original subscribers to the Royal Society of Musicians in 1739. He kept a coffee house at Nos. 2 & 3 Tavistock Street.
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