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James Tassie (1735-1799)

Artist associated with 19 portraits
Tassie was a gem engraver and modeller known for reproductions of engraved gems and for portrait medallions, both made from a hard, fine-textured substance that he developed with a physician, Henry Quin. Having trained as a stonemason, in 1763 Tassie moved to Dublin, where he worked as laboratory assistant to Quin. Together they devised a white enamel composition especially suited for gemstone replicas. In 1766, Tassie moved to London, where he received commissions to duplicate many famous gems, both ancient and modern. Tassie's portrait medallions, his best-known original works, included many eminent contemporaries among their subjects. They were modelled from life in wax and cast in white paste.

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4603

Lord George Gordon

by James Tassie
glass intaglio, 1781
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4603

4599

John Harrison

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, 1787
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4599

1242

Adam Smith

after James Tassie
plaster cast of medallion, (1787)
NPG 1242

3237

Adam Smith

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, 1787
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3237

3238

Joseph Black

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, 1788
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3238

4612

John Adam

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, 1791
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4612

4897

David Hume

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, circa 1791
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4897

5800

William Robertson

by James Tassie
glass paste medallion, 1791
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5800

D7024

Possibly John Bowes, Baron Bowes

after James Tassie
plaster cast of cameo, late 18th century
NPG D7024

D3413

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by James Caldwall, after James Tassie
mezzotint, published 13 April 1782
NPG D3413

D16592

Andrew Lumisden

by William Dickinson, after James Tassie
stipple engraving, 1784
NPG D16592

D6775

Adam Smith

by Mackenzie, after James Tassie
stipple engraving, published 1809
NPG D6775

D8264

Charles Townley

by James Godby, after James Tassie
stipple engraving, published 1812
NPG D8264

D8265

Charles Townley

by James Godby, after James Tassie
stipple engraving, published 1812
NPG D8265

D20460

Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel

by and published by James Caldwall, after James Tassie
mezzotint, published 13 April 1782
NPG D20460

D14002

Andrew Lumisden

by William Dickinson, after James Tassie
stipple engraving, (1784)
NPG D14002

D17009

Charles Townley

by James Godby, after James Tassie
engraved copper plate, 1812
NPG D17009

D14258

Paul Henry Maty

by Alfred Robert Freebairn, after James Tassie
anaglyptograph, 1838
NPG D14258

Place

Ireland