G.R replicated the miniature from a larger version of the subject he painted for the Bodleian Gallery, at Oxford, exhibited in 1854. The oil can be seen in one of the photos taken at George Richmonds residence: 10 York Street, Portman Square, Marylebone.
The following account gives us an insight into the character of Harry Inglis Richmond: [Thomas Anstey Guthrie, “A Long Retrospect”, 1936]
And there was Inglis, a younger brother of Richmond, an amiable voluble dilettante, with gifts that might have enabled him to distinguish himself in more than one profession but for his incurable indolence and the fact that he had been left a sum of money by a friend of his father’s which made it unnecessary for him to work. He had indeed been called to the Bar, and for a time was in chambers with William Fothergill Robinson, who told me that a client came to see him one day, and as he was leaving, said to Inglis, ‘Oh, by the way, Mr. Richmond, we’re sending you a case for opinion ? it’s a point on a bill of exchange.’ ‘Rweally?’ said Inglis, with his engaging lisp, ‘That’s verwy nice of you,’ and added brightly, ‘Tell me ? what is a bill of exchange?’ He was honestly anxious to know, but this was not likely to impress any solicitor with confidence, and I fancy Inglis was as much justified as I was in retiring early from practice.
He was a brilliant scholar, and great things had been expected of him both at Charterhouse and Oxford, but somehow he had never done them, and had settled down into a pleasant good-natured gossip and connoisseur, with a wonderful talent for mimicry. Inglis would give an imitation, for instance, of an old verger showing tourists round a French cathedral which was so lifelike as to have a touch of genius, and that was only one item in his repertoire.
This and other social qualities made him much in request, and he probably found his life agreeable enough as a rule, though I think there were times when he felt that it was rather a wasted one. I can see him now, a stout short figure, with a twinkle behind his single eye-glass, and a look of an omniscient jackdaw on his round face.