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Robert Dunkarton (circa 1744-1811?), Engraver and portrait painter

Artist associated with 164 portraits
After an apprenticeship with mezzotint engraver William Pether, Dunkarton initially produced portraits in oils and crayons. He exhibited these at the Royal Academy and the Society of Artists from 1774 until 1779, after which he concentrated on printmaking. Dunkarton worked in a number of areas, including portraits, old master paintings, landscapes, and botanical subjects. Between 1770 and 1811, he produced some forty-five mezzotint portraits, many on a large scale. One of his last commissions was from J.M.W. Turner, for whom he provided the mezzotint ground for five of the plates for his Liber Studiorum, published in 1811-12.

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D28791

John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Mordaunt of Avalon

by Robert Dunkarton
mezzotint, late 18th to early 19th century
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D29473

George Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland

by Robert Dunkarton, after William Wissing
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
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D29944

Sir John Chicheley (inscribed 'Sir Richard Chicheley')

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 18th to early 19th century
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D34157

Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington

by Robert Dunkarton, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, late 18th or early 19th century
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D1439

Sir John Chicheley (inscribed 'Sir Richard Chicheley')

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
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D1440

Sir John Chicheley (inscribed 'Sir Richard Chicheley')

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
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D1441

Sir John Chicheley (inscribed 'Sir Richard Chicheley')

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
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D1561

Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington

by Robert Dunkarton, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, probably late 18th century
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D2455

Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Grafton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 18th century
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D3164

Torial Joss

by Robert Dunkarton, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
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D3737

George Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland

by Robert Dunkarton, after William Wissing
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
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D6566

George Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland

by Robert Dunkarton, after William Wissing
mezzotint, late 18th-early 19th century
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D13400

James Brindley

by Robert Dunkarton, after Francis Parsons
mezzotint, 1773
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D5150

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1774
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D5653

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Benjamin West
mezzotint, published 1774
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D3056

Edward Hitchin

by Robert Dunkarton, published by and after George Paterson
mezzotint, published 14 December 1775
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D32672

Ann Catley as Euphrosyne in Milton's 'Comus'

by Robert Dunkarton, after William Lawranson
mezzotint, published 1777
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D32210

Thomas Broughton

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
mezzotint, 1778
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D35994

Mary Gwyn (née Horneck)

by Robert Dunkarton, published by Walter Shropshire, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint with some hand-colouring, published 20 February 1778 (1775)
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