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John Boydell

(1720-1804), Engraver and printseller

Sitter in 13 portraits
Artist associated with 127 portraits
John Boydell was the most important print publisher of his day, and was responsible for the publication of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. In 1769, he launched A Collection of Prints, Engraved from the most Capital Paintings in England. A second volume was completed in 1772. In the 1790s, Boydell began a Shakespeare venture that included the establishment of a Shakespeare Gallery and the publication of an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's plays. Some of the most illustrious painters of the day contributed, but financial woes dogged the project as Britain's economy suffered during the French Revolutionary wars. The expenses were so large that Boydell died almost bankrupt.

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King Charles I; Henrietta Maria; King Charles II; Mary, Princess of Orange, by Bernard Baron, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D32111

King Charles I; Henrietta Maria; King Charles II; Mary, Princess of Orange

by Bernard Baron, published by John Boydell, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching and line engraving, 1741 (1632)
NPG D32111

Henrietta Maria, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, published by  John Boydell, published by  Josiah Boydell, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D32074

Henrietta Maria

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published late 18th century (circa 1638)
NPG D32074

King George III, by J. Simson, published by  John Boydell, and published by  Thomas Jefferys, after  Jeremiah Meyer, after  James Macardell - NPG D33148

King George III

by J. Simson, published by John Boydell, and published by Thomas Jefferys, after Jeremiah Meyer, after James Macardell
mezzotint, published 1761
NPG D33148

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38218

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D38218

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38219

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D38219

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D3667

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D3667

King George III, by William Pether, published by  Henry Parker, and published by  Elizabeth Bakewell, and published by  John Boydell, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D9891

King George III

by William Pether, published by Henry Parker, and published by Elizabeth Bakewell, and published by John Boydell, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1 October 1762
NPG D9891

King George III, by William Pether, published by  Henry Parker, and published by  John Boydell, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D11286

King George III

by William Pether, published by Henry Parker, and published by John Boydell, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1 October 1762
NPG D11286

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote), by John Gottfried Haid, published by  John Boydell, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D37711

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote)

by John Gottfried Haid, published by John Boydell, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1765
NPG D37711

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote), by John Gottfried Haid, published by  John Boydell, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D37712

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote)

by John Gottfried Haid, published by John Boydell, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 14 August 1765
NPG D37712

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote), by John Gottfried Haid, published by  John Boydell, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D37713

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote)

by John Gottfried Haid, published by John Boydell, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 14 August 1765
NPG D37713

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote), by John Gottfried Haid, published by  John Boydell, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D37714

Mr Foote in the Character of Major Sturgeon in the Mayor of Garrat (Mr Hayes; Samuel Foote)

by John Gottfried Haid, published by John Boydell, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 14 August 1765
NPG D37714

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by James Basire, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32552

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by James Basire, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1766
NPG D32552

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by Simon François Ravenet, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32553

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Simon François Ravenet, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1766
NPG D32553

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by Simon François Ravenet, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32554

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Simon François Ravenet, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1766
NPG D32554

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by Simon François Ravenet, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32555

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Simon François Ravenet, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1766
NPG D32555

Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, by James Watson, published by  John Boydell, published by  Josiah Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D7002

Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

by James Watson, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1766
NPG D7002

Thomas Newton, by Richard Earlom, published by  John Boydell, after  Benjamin West - NPG D38749

Thomas Newton

by Richard Earlom, published by John Boydell, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1 December 1767
NPG D38749

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson), by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D36258

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D36258

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson), by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Francis Cotes - NPG D36259

Agneta Yorke (née Johnson)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1 July 1768
NPG D36259

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