Richard Roper was a painter of animals, still lives and portraits of horses. He studied at the St. Martin’s Lane Academy.
Roper mainly worked in oils but some works in pastel have been noted. He was a follower of the artist John Wootton and his work is also very much influenced and inspired by James Seymour and Francis Sartorius, the former being one of the most important horse painters of his time.
Roper is considered to be a painter of some ability and one of the more realistic painters of his time.
Roper also enjoyed the patronage of Saville Finch.