Sir John Richardson (1924-2019)

March 18 2019

Sir John Richardson, the biographer of Picasso, has died. Michael McNay has a good obituary in The Guardian. It includes this sad fact about image fees:

At least part of the reason for the gap of many years between volumes [of Picasso's life] was because the fees to the Picasso estate for reproductions of his work were so high that Richardson was forced into writing volumes of memoirs to raise money.

One of my favourite Richardson facts is that his grandfather was born in the reign of George III. 

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