Richard Crosse, self-portrait

Richard Crosse, self-portrait

Richard Crosse (1742-1810)
Self-portrait
About 1780
Watercolour on ivory
Museum no. P.147-1929
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Richard Crosse was born in Devon. His family sent him to London when he was 14 for lessons at William Shipley's drawing school. He established a successful portrait business despite being deaf and unable to speak.