Henry James Richter was born in Soho, London on 8 March 1772 and died on 8 April 1857, also in London. Richter was the second of five children. His father, John Augustus Richter, born in Dresden, was an artist, engraver and scagliolist who came to Britain from Saxony with the Marquis of Exeter, by whom he was introduced to George III. Educated at the Soho and St Martin's schools, and taught art by Thomas Stothard, Henry James Richter exhibited two landscape paintings at the Royal Academy at the age of sixteen, although it was as a figure painter that he was to establish his reputation. In 1790 Richter became a student of the Royal Academy.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.