During the 1840s-50s, Richmond was a frequent visitor to the The Oxford University Art Collection and helped to hang pictures at the gallery.
The original sketch, ‘The Head of a Horse’ by Raphael was entered into the Oxford collection in 1846 and is now at the Ashmolean Museum. The original drawing consists of Black chalk on varnished paper which measures 68.2 x 53.3 cm. The rearing horse in the fresco that Raphael painted in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican is located in the room that takes its name from it, the Stanza di Eliodoro.
The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple was painted between 1511 and 1512 as part of Raphael’s commission to decorate ‘with frescoes’ the rooms that are now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, the picture illustrates the biblical episode from 2 Maccabees. Heliodorus is ordered by Seleucus IV Philopator, the king of Syria, to seize the treasure preserved in the Temple in Jerusalem. Answering the prayers of the high priest Onias, God sends a horseman assisted by two youths to drive Heliodorus out.