Tour Scotland Photograph Crofter's Family Painting By Richard Ansdell


Tour Scotland photograph of a Crofter's family painting by Richard Ansdell who often painted in Scotland. Richard was born on 11 May 1815 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the son of Thomas Griffiths Ansdell, a freeman who worked at the port, and Anne Jackson. His father died young and Richard was educated at The Liverpool Blue Coat school for orphans. He had a natural talent for art from an early age, and after leaving school worked for a portrait painter in Chatham in Kent, and also spent time as a sign painter in the Netherlands. He first exhibited at the Liverpool Academy in 1835, becoming a student there the following year. His animal and rural subjects proved to be popular and he soon attracted wealthy patrons. In June 1841, he married Maria Romer, the couple went on to have 11 children. In 1847 the family left Liverpool to live in Kensington in London. He died at Collingwood Tower near Frimley, Surrey in April 1885. He was buried at Brookwood Cemetery.



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