Richard Myddelton (1837-1913) was the son of Colonel Robert Myddelton Biddulph (1805-1872) (see following lot) and his wife Fanny Mostyn Owen of Woodhouse, Shropshire (see lot 58), whom he married in 1832. He married Catherine Arabella (d. 1899), daughter of Edward Howard, cousin of the 12th Duke of Norfolk, and sister of Cardinal Howard (see lot 193), in 1862. They had two daughters and two sons, the eldest of whom, Colonel Robert Edward Myddelton (1866-1949) married Lady Violet Nevill, twin daughter of the 1st Marquess of Abergavenny (see lot 80)
Brough first worked as a lithographer before moving to Aberdeen to join the studio of Andrew Gibb, R.S.A.. He travelled to Paris to study with Laurens and Benjamin Constant before returning to Aberdeen to set up a portrait practice in 1894. A further move to London brought him into contact with John Singer Sargent, who greatly influenced his style. He began to exhibit on the Continent, in Paris and Germany especially, where he was awarded medals for his work. His career was tragically cut short when he was involved in a railway accident on 21st January 1905 outside Sheffield, and he died the following day. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1900, and A.R.S.A. in 1904. He was considered to be a 'brilliant and promising' artist in his obituaries, and his death at such an early age a great loss to Scottish painting.