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Robert Smirke (1753-1845), Painter and illustrator

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 23 portraits
A painter of humorous and sentimental subjects, Robert Smirke became a student of the Royal Academy, London, at the age of nineteen. From 1786, he was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and was elected a full academician in 1792. During his career, Robert Smirke illustrated such classic novels as 'Don Quixote', the 'Arabian Nights', 'The Hunchback' and many scenes from both Shakespeare and the Bible. Smirke was commissioned by Boydell to produce designs illustrative of Shakespeare's comedies and history plays.

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D23634

King Richard I ('the Lionheart')

by Myers, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, 1789
NPG D23634

D11270

Lady Jane Dudley (nee Grey) ('Lady Jane Grey Declining the Crown')

by William Bromley, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1793
NPG D11270

D13128

Q. Mary's Escape from Lochleven Castle (Mary, Queen of Scots)

by William Sharp, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1795
NPG D13128

D31839

Queen Elizabeth appointing her Successor (Queen Elizabeth I)

by James Neagle, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D31839

D5858

'Lord W. Russel's last interview with his family'

by George Noble, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 5 October 1796
NPG D5858

D23708

Edward, Prince of Wales ('the Black Prince')

by J. Landster, after Robert Smirke, after Richard Rhodes
engraving, published 1797
NPG D23708

D36345

Lady Jane Dudley (nee Grey)

by Thomas Milton, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
etching and engraving, published April 1799
NPG D36345

D3497

'The treachery of Colonel Kirke 1685' (Percy Kirke)

by A. Smith, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
stipple engraving, published April 1799
NPG D3497

D23716

King Richard II

by William Bromley, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D23716

D32078

'Charles I imprisoned in Carisbrook Castle' (King Charles I)

by George Noble, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, 1800
NPG D32078

D13132

'Landing of Mary, Queen of Scots'

by John Dadley, published by Thomas Kelly, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D13132

D28699

Oliver Cromwell suppressing the Mutiny in the Army

by Jos. Thomson, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1801
NPG D28699

D17016

'Commemoration of the victory of June 1st 1794'

by Francesco Bartolozzi, and John George Landseer, and Thomas Ryder, and James Stow, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1802
NPG D17016

D17018

'Commemoration of the 11th October 1797'

by George Noble, and by James Parker, published by Robert Bowyer, and published by John Edwards, after Robert Smirke, after John Smart
line engraving, published 1803
NPG D17018

D17019

Victors of the Nile

by William Bromley, and by John George Landseer, and by William Satchwell Leney (Lenney), published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1803
NPG D17019

D17017

Commemoration of the 14th February 1797

by William Henry Worthington, and by James Parker, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1803
NPG D17017

D31838

Interview between Queen Elizabeth & the Earl of Essex

by Thomas Milton, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D31838

D23967

Thomas Becket

by Anker Smith, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, 1811
NPG D23967

D14452

'The dead shall live, the living die'

by Francis Haward, after Robert Smirke
stipple engraving, published May 1784 (1759-1761)
NPG D14452

D14988

Mrs Milbank

by James Heath, after Robert Smirke
stipple and line engraving, 1790
NPG D14988