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Robert Bowyer (1758-1834), Miniature painter and publisher

Artist associated with 46 portraits
Robert Bowyer enjoyed a distinguished career as a painter of miniature portraits for an eminent clientele including George III. Between 1783 and 1828, he exhibited thirty-two portraits at the Royal Academy and when the King's miniaturist Jeremiah Meyer died in 1789, Bowyer was appointed in his place. During this period, he painted many eminent figures of his day including Lord Sandwich and Lord Nelson. Bowyer also had a career as a dealer in art prints and as a publisher of books. His two major endeavours in this capacity were an illustrated edition of the Bible and David Hume's The History of England. He was a lifelong active member of the Baptist church and became a minister in later life.

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3982

Thomas Grosvenor

attributed to Robert Bowyer
oil on panel, circa 1820
NPG 3982

D15125

Francis Willis

by James Fittler, published by and after Robert Bowyer
line engraving, published 23 April 1789
NPG D15125

D3292

Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon

by James Fittler, after Robert Bowyer
line engraving, published 1790
NPG D3292

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

D28721

Oliver Cromwell

by Jagger, after Samuel Cooper, published by Robert Bowyer
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D28721

D32755

Mary of Modena; Prince James Francis Edward Stuart ('Mary Queen of James II quitting the Kingdom')

by James Stow, published by Robert Bowyer, after John Opie
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D32755

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

D32295

Lady Mary presented to the Prince of Orange (King Charles II; King William III; Queen Mary II)

by James Parker, published by Robert Bowyer, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1799
NPG D32295

D36345

Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)

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

D40672

'Death of Archbishop Sharp' (James Sharp)

by Thomas Holloway, published by Robert Bowyer, after John Opie
line engraving, published March 1799
NPG D40672

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

D19822

Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban

by C. Blackberd, published by Robert Bowyer
line engraving, published March 1800
NPG D19822

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

D17478

'Ecce Homo'

by Henry Bone, possibly after Robert Bowyer, after Francesco Albani
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1803
NPG D17478

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

D5331

Horatio Nelson

by Edward Scriven, after Robert Bowyer
stipple and line engraving, published 1805
NPG D5331

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

D36377

David Hume

by Anker Smith, published by Robert Bowyer, after Allan Ramsay
line engraving, published 31 March 1806
NPG D36377