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William Doughty (1757-1781 or 1782), Portrait painter and mezzotint engraver

Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Artist associated with 13 portraits
William Doughty, portrait painter and engraver, was recommended to Sir Joshua Reynolds by the Revd William Mason and, on being accepted, lived in Reynolds's house in Leicester Fields, Westminster, having enrolled as his pupil from 1775. He exhibited a portrait at the Royal Academy's exhibition in 1776. Doughty returned to London in 1778. He produced a series of excellent mezzotints after Reynolds, who advised Doughty to make a career as a mezzotint engraver. Doughty was however ambitious for recognition as a painter, and as his wife had friends in Bengal they decided to seek their fortune there. They embarked in 1780, but they both died on the journey.

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2513

William Doughty

by William Doughty
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1776
NPG 2513

4806

William Mason

by William Doughty
oil on canvas, 1778
NPG 4806

D43011

probably Thomas Eglin

by William Doughty, after Mary Black
etching, (1773)
NPG D43011

D13741

Probably William Doughty

probably by William Doughty
mezzotint, circa 1777-1782
NPG D13741

D2801

Thomas Gray

by William Doughty, after William Mason
etching, published 1778
NPG D2801

D2802

Thomas Gray

by William Doughty, after William Mason
etching, published 1778
NPG D2802

D36534

Samuel Johnson

by William Doughty, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published late 18th century (1772-1778)
NPG D36534

D38307

William Mason

by and published by William Doughty, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 25 November 1779 (1774)
NPG D38307

D38308

William Mason

by and published by William Doughty, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 25 November 1779 (1774)
NPG D38308

D36533

Samuel Johnson

by William Doughty, published by John Jones, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 24 June 1793 (1772-1778)
NPG D36533

D7390

Elizabeth Dunning (née Baring), Lady Ashburton as Ariadne

by William Doughty, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1804
NPG D7390

D639

Ariadne

by William Doughty, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1779 (1778)
NPG D639

D19511

Samuel Johnson

by William Doughty, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1779 (1772-1778)
NPG D19511

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