Richard Buckner, 1812 -1883
Portrait of an Elegant lady standing by a Classical Urn holding her Miniature Pinscher
Elegant lady standing by a Classical Urn


oil on canvas
127 x 101.60 cm. (50 x 40 in.)

Artist biography

Richard Buckner (born Woolwich, London, 25 October 1812; died 12 August 1883, was an English portrait painter. Richard Buckner was a well-known portrait and genre painter who was born on 25 October at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London. He was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Buckner and Mary Marsh Pierce and was raised at Rumboldswhyke near Chichester where he started his career working from a studio built in his family home. After a short spell in the army, he moved to Rome studying under Giovanni Battista Canevari (1789-1876). There he set up a studio facing Bernini’s Triton fountain and became friends with John Gibson, Penry Williams and the young Lord Leighton, who later painted his portrait in ‘The Death of Brunelleschi’, 1852. As well as exhibiting in Italy and France, he also exhibited portraits and Italian figurative subjects at the Royal Academy, British Institute and Society of British Artists from 1840-77. Buckner’s work attracted the patronage of many important clients including Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Hamilton and he won many portrait commissions from the rich. He achieved both fame and fortune during his lifetime which allowed him to keep a studio in London and Rome. Buckner died in London on 12 August 1883. The work is housed in a new English made gilt frame and retains its original gilt slip, both of which are in excellent condition.He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1842 and 1877.Many engravings based on his works are in the National Portrait Gallery, London.His oil paintings Portrait of a boy and Portrait of a Boy Chorister of the Chapel Royal are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.