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Samuel Cousins

(1801-1887), Engraver

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 167 portraits
Apprenticed from 1814 to engraver Samuel Reynolds, during which time he engraved many of the 360 mezzotints illustrating the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds. He established himself as an independent engraver, publishing his first plates in 1826. As well as publishing on his own behalf, he was also employed by many leading print publishers. Working on steel plates, Cousins used a combination of stipple engraving and etching processes. His most commercially successful work was his prints after popular paintings. Elected an associate engraver of the Royal Academy in 1835, Cousins exhibited his engravings there from 1837. In 1855, he was one of only two engravers to be elected Royal Academician.

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Edmund Kean, by Samuel Cousins - NPG 1829

Edmund Kean

by Samuel Cousins
pencil, 1814
NPG 1829

Sir Thomas Lawrence, by Samuel Cousins, published by  Walter Benjamin Tiffin, published by  Rittner and Co, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 1634b

Sir Thomas Lawrence

by Samuel Cousins, published by Walter Benjamin Tiffin, published by Rittner and Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 22 April 1830
NPG 1634b

Sir John Malcolm, by Samuel Cousins, after  Henry Corbould, after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D38163

Sir John Malcolm

by Samuel Cousins, after Henry Corbould, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D38163

Sir John Patteson, by Samuel Cousins, published by  Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after  Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes) - NPG D39569

Sir John Patteson

by Samuel Cousins, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes)
mezzotint, published 20 November 1811
NPG D39569

Sir John Patteson, by Samuel Cousins, published by  Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after  Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes) - NPG D39570

Sir John Patteson

by Samuel Cousins, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes)
mezzotint, published 20 November 1811
NPG D39570

Sir Thomas Munro, 1st Bt, by Samuel Cousins, after  Sir Martin Archer Shee - NPG D39093

Sir Thomas Munro, 1st Bt

by Samuel Cousins, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, (1819)
NPG D39093

Elizabeth Napier (née Greenway), by Samuel William Reynolds, or by  Samuel Cousins, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38470

Elizabeth Napier (née Greenway)

by Samuel William Reynolds, or by Samuel Cousins, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published circa 1820 or after (1765)
NPG D38470

Elizabeth Napier (née Greenway), by Samuel William Reynolds, or by  Samuel Cousins, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38471

Elizabeth Napier (née Greenway)

by Samuel William Reynolds, or by Samuel Cousins, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published circa 1820 or after (1765)
NPG D38471

William Marsden, by Samuel Cousins - NPG D38268

William Marsden

by Samuel Cousins
stipple engraving, 1820
NPG D38268

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D7502

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 1822
NPG D7502

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  John Jackson - NPG D8026

Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after John Jackson
mezzotint, (1822)
NPG D8026

Thomas Lupton, by Samuel William Reynolds, by  Samuel Cousins, published by  Agnew & Zanetti, after  Joseph Allen - NPG D38023

Thomas Lupton

by Samuel William Reynolds, by Samuel Cousins, published by Agnew & Zanetti, after Joseph Allen
mezzotint, published 28 October 1823
NPG D38023

Princess Augusta Sophia, by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D33318

Princess Augusta Sophia

by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, published 1824
NPG D33318

Princess Augusta Sophia, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D15608

Princess Augusta Sophia

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, published 1824
NPG D15608

Robert Hindmarsh, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, published by  Agnew & Zanetti, after  Joseph Allen - NPG D3033

Robert Hindmarsh

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, published by Agnew & Zanetti, after Joseph Allen
mezzotint, published 20 April 1824
NPG D3033

Robert Hindmarsh, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, published by  Agnew & Zanetti, after  Joseph Allen - NPG D3699

Robert Hindmarsh

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, published by Agnew & Zanetti, after Joseph Allen
mezzotint, published 20 April 1824
NPG D3699

Princess Augusta Sophia, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D8017

Princess Augusta Sophia

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, published 1824
NPG D8017

John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D37833

John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1825
NPG D37833

John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D37834

John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1825
NPG D37834

John Mitchell, by Samuel William Reynolds, and by  Samuel Cousins, published by and after  John Graham Gilbert - NPG D38847

John Mitchell

by Samuel William Reynolds, and by Samuel Cousins, published by and after John Graham Gilbert
mezzotint, published July 1825
NPG D38847

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