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James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sitter associated with 23 portraits
Artist associated with 103 portraits
The history and portrait painter James Northcote was largely self-taught before he joined Sir Joshua Reynolds's studio as a pupil and assistant between 1771 and 1776. He came to consider himself an authority on his master and in 1813, after Reynolds' death, he published his posthumous Memoirs of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Northcote also advised his patron Sir John Fleming Leicester on the formation of his gallery of contemporary British art and painted grandiose scenes from Shakespeare for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.

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James Northcote

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after James Northcote
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1815
NPG D38781


James Northcote

by Frederick Christian Lewis Sr, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co, after George Henry Harlow
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1824 (circa 1817)
NPG D38785


James Northcote

by James Lonsdale, printed by Engelmann & Co
lithograph, 9 July 1830
NPG D38784