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William Hamilton

(1751-1801), History painter

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 12 portraits
William Hamilton was a painter and illustrator. He trained initially as an architectural draftsman, but soon moved to theatrical portraits and scenes from plays. Hamilton became very well known for his paintings depicting episodes from the plays of Shakespeare and for his illustrations of poems. He was commissioned to create works for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, Macklin's Bible and Bowyer's English History. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1784, and was became a Royal Academician in 1789.

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Francis Wheatley, by William Hamilton - NPG 5037

Francis Wheatley

by William Hamilton
pencil and watercolour, circa 1785
NPG 5037

Sir Roger Curtis, 1st Bt, by and published by James Caldwall, and published by  William Dickinson, after  William Hamilton - NPG D34476

Sir Roger Curtis, 1st Bt

by and published by James Caldwall, and published by William Dickinson, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published 7 July 1783
NPG D34476

John Wesley, by James Fittler, published by  James Milbourne, published by  John Brydon, after  William Hamilton - NPG D37684

John Wesley

by James Fittler, published by James Milbourne, published by John Brydon, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published November 1788 (1788)
NPG D37684

John Wesley, by James Fittler, published by  James Milbourne, published by  John Brydon, after  William Hamilton - NPG D37685

John Wesley

by James Fittler, published by James Milbourne, published by John Brydon, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published November 1788 (1788)
NPG D37685

Defence of the Breach at St Jean D'Acre by Sir William Sidney Smith, by and published by Anthony Fogg, after  William Hamilton - NPG D1367

Defence of the Breach at St Jean D'Acre by Sir William Sidney Smith

by and published by Anthony Fogg, after William Hamilton
engraving, published 7 April 1802
NPG D1367

Richard Marlay, by James Heath, published by  George Robinson, after  William Hamilton - NPG D15438

Richard Marlay

by James Heath, published by George Robinson, after William Hamilton
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1810
NPG D15438

John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after  William Hamilton - NPG D13810

John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after William Hamilton
stipple engraving, published 1834
NPG D13810

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'Mrs Siddons and her Son in the Tragedy of Isabella' (Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Henry Siddons)

by and published by James Caldwall, published by and after William Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 June 1785
NPG D41670

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John Wesley

by James Fittler, published by James Milbourne, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published November 1788 (1788)
NPG D19112

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Mrs Siddons in the Tragedy of the Grecian Daughter')

by James Caldwall, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published 1789
NPG D10715

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James Thomson

by and published by Peltro William Tomkins, after William Hamilton
stipple engraving, published 6 February 1798
NPG D40438

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