Born in 1804, Richard was one of three brothers (all of whom died unmarried) and four sisters born to James Denew, an auctioneer of Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London, and his wife Louisa Sarah Bergman.
Although he specialised in historical and topographical subjects in both oils and watercolours, particularly in and around Rome and Venice which he visited in the late 1820s, he also produced a number of racehorse portraits such as "Stockwell" and "Lottery" with jockeys up. His portrait of Derby winner "Eleanor" was probably commissioned retrospectively of the race, possibly towards the end of the horse's life.
Richard Denew exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Artists, the New Watercolour Society (later the
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