Richard Brompton, was an English portrait painter.
Brompton was a pupil of Benjamin Wilson. He then went to Italy, and spent some time in Rome, where he had lessons with Raphael Mengs. He was also introduced to the patronage of the Earl of Northampton, and accompanied the earl to Venice when he was appointed ambassador to the republic. At Venice Brompton painted a conversation-piece, in which he introduced the portraits of the Duke of York and several English gentlemen then on their travels. The picture was afterwards exhibited at the rooms in Spring Gardens in 1763, at which time he returned to England, and for some years practised portrait painting. Extravagant living brought him to the King's Bench, but he was rescued by the Empress of Russia, at whose request he went to St. Petersburg, where he was appointed portrait painter to the empress, and where he met with much employment. He died in that city in 1782. Among his best works are:
- The Prince of Wales in the Robes of the Garter, in 1772; mezzotinted by John Saunders.
- Prince Frederick in the Robes of the Bath; mezzotinted by John Saunders.
- William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, 1772
- Admiral Saunders; in Greenwich Hospital. (pictured)
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- Fagan, Louis Alexander (1886). "Brompton, Richard". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 6. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 405.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Brompton, Richard". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
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