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John Dixon

(circa 1740-1811), Engraver

Artist associated with 47 portraits
Dublin-born Dixon trained at the drawing school of the Dublin Society and moved to London around 1765. He exhibited at the Society of Artist from 1766. In 1769, he was one of those appointed to arrange models at the society's teaching academy. He was a director in 1770-71, and again from 1772 to 1775. Most of Dixon's early plates were published by William Wynne Ryland. His work was distinguished and included several of the most highly rated plates of the day, including A Tigress, after George Stubbs (1772) and Reynolds's most celebrated history painting, Ugolino (1774). In 1775, Dixon married wealthy widow, Ann Kempe, after which he ceased working and lived a life of leisure.

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Sir Joseph Mawbey, 1st Bt, by John Dixon, printed for  John Bowles, after  Robert Edge Pine - NPG D38332

Sir Joseph Mawbey, 1st Bt

by John Dixon, printed for John Bowles, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38332

Sir Joseph Mawbey, 1st Bt, by John Dixon, printed for  John Bowles, after  Robert Edge Pine - NPG D38333

Sir Joseph Mawbey, 1st Bt

by John Dixon, printed for John Bowles, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38333

King Richard III, probably by John Dixon - NPG D23813

King Richard III

probably by John Dixon
line engraving, 1757
NPG D23813

Robert Dingley, by John Dixon, after  William Hoare - NPG D35190

Robert Dingley

by John Dixon, after William Hoare
mezzotint, (1762)
NPG D35190

Nicholas Taafe, 6th Viscount Taafe, by John Dixon, after  Robert Hunter - NPG D6913

Nicholas Taafe, 6th Viscount Taafe

by John Dixon, after Robert Hunter
mezzotint, 1763
NPG D6913

John (John) Joshua Kirby, by John Dixon, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D3434

John (John) Joshua Kirby

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (circa 1764)
NPG D3434

(John) Joshua Kirby, by John Dixon, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D14967

(John) Joshua Kirby

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (circa 1764)
NPG D14967

'Miss Crusses' (Elizabeth Hinchliffe (née Crewe); Emma Crewe), by John Dixon, sold by  Ryland and Bryer, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D35859

'Miss Crusses' (Elizabeth Hinchliffe (née Crewe); Emma Crewe)

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1766)
NPG D35859

Sir William Browne, by John Dixon, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D845

Sir William Browne

by John Dixon, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1766)
NPG D845

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, by John Dixon, sold by  Ryland and Bryer - NPG D35728

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer
mezzotint, circa 1767-1772
NPG D35728

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, by John Dixon, sold by  Ryland and Bryer - NPG D35729

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer
mezzotint, circa 1767-1772
NPG D35729

James Hervey, by John Dixon, published by  John Bowles, after  John Michael Williams - NPG D35738

James Hervey

by John Dixon, published by John Bowles, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, circa 1767-1775
NPG D35738

James Hervey, by John Dixon, published by  John Bowles, after  John Michael Williams - NPG D3016

James Hervey

by John Dixon, published by John Bowles, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, circa 1767-1775
NPG D3016

James Hervey, by John Dixon, published by  Carington Bowles, after  John Michael Williams - NPG D3018

James Hervey

by John Dixon, published by Carington Bowles, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, circa 1767-1793
NPG D3018

Lady Mary Catherine Bertie, by John Dixon, after  Matthew William Peters - NPG D17978

Lady Mary Catherine Bertie

by John Dixon, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, 1767
NPG D17978

William Beckford, by John Dixon - NPG D31606

William Beckford

by John Dixon
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D31606

William Powell, by John Dixon, after  Thomas Lawranson - NPG D5751

William Powell

by John Dixon, after Thomas Lawranson
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D5751

William Powell, by John Dixon, after  Thomas Lawranson - NPG D20221

William Powell

by John Dixon, after Thomas Lawranson
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D20221

Benjamin Heath, by John Dixon, after  Robert Edge Pine - NPG D35649

Benjamin Heath

by John Dixon, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D35649

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