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Peter Pelham

(1695?-1751), Mezzotint engraver and painter in America

Artist associated with 33 portraits
Peter Pelham was apprenticed in 1713 to the mezzotint engraver John Simon. He found employment producing mezzotints for various printsellers, primarily Edward Cooper. In 1727, he emigrated with his family to America, settling in Boston. He continued to work as an engraver, but also opened a school where he taught a variety of subjects including dancing and arithmetic. Through his third marriage, to the widow Mary Singleton, Pelham was stepfather to her son, the artist John Singleton Copley.

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Oliver Cromwell, by Peter Pelham, after  Robert Walker - NPG D28661

Oliver Cromwell

by Peter Pelham, after Robert Walker
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D28661

Jonathan Swift, by Peter Pelham, published by  John Bowles - NPG D31519

Jonathan Swift

by Peter Pelham, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D31519

Priscilla Cooper, by Peter Pelham, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D27637

Priscilla Cooper

by Peter Pelham, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D27637

James Daillon, Count de Lude, by Peter Pelham, after  Thomas Frye - NPG D27682

James Daillon, Count de Lude

by Peter Pelham, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27682

Priscilla Cooper, by Peter Pelham, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D1549

Priscilla Cooper

by Peter Pelham, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1549

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville when Baron Carteret, by Peter Pelham, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  John Bowles - NPG D27427

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville when Baron Carteret

by Peter Pelham, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, (circa 1710-1723)
NPG D27427

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville when Baron Carteret, by Peter Pelham, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2479

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville when Baron Carteret

by Peter Pelham, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1710-1723)
NPG D2479

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, by Peter Pelham, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2480

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville

by Peter Pelham, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1710-1723)
NPG D2480

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne, by Peter Pelham, published by  John Bowles, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5718

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

by Peter Pelham, published by John Bowles, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1718-1724
NPG D5718

King George I, by Peter Pelham, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D32837

King George I

by Peter Pelham, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1720 (1719)
NPG D32837

James Gibbs, by Peter Pelham, after  Hans Hysing - NPG D27615

James Gibbs

by Peter Pelham, after Hans Hysing
mezzotint, 1720s-1740s
NPG D27615

James Gibbs, by Peter Pelham, after  Hans Hysing - NPG D27616

James Gibbs

by Peter Pelham, after Hans Hysing
mezzotint, 1720s-1740s
NPG D27616

Susanna Centlivre (née Freeman), by Peter Pelham, after  D. Fermin - NPG D1272

Susanna Centlivre (née Freeman)

by Peter Pelham, after D. Fermin
mezzotint, 1720
NPG D1272

Susanna Centlivre (née Freeman), by Peter Pelham, after  D. Fermin - NPG D1273

Susanna Centlivre (née Freeman)

by Peter Pelham, after D. Fermin
mezzotint, 1720
NPG D1273

Robert Molesworth, 1st Viscount Molesworth, by Peter Pelham, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D38852

Robert Molesworth, 1st Viscount Molesworth

by Peter Pelham, sold by Edward Cooper, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, 1721
NPG D38852

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, by and published by Peter Pelham, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4829

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

by and published by Peter Pelham, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1722-1727
NPG D4829

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, by Peter Pelham, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4830

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

by Peter Pelham, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1722-1727
NPG D4830

Jean Armand Dubourdieu, by Peter Pelham, after  D. Fermin - NPG D1802

Jean Armand Dubourdieu

by Peter Pelham, after D. Fermin
mezzotint, 1723
NPG D1802

Edward Cooper, by Peter Pelham, after  Jan van der Vaart - NPG D27626

Edward Cooper

by Peter Pelham, after Jan van der Vaart
mezzotint, 1724
NPG D27626

Edward Cooper, by Peter Pelham, after  Jan van der Vaart - NPG D27627

Edward Cooper

by Peter Pelham, after Jan van der Vaart
mezzotint, 1724
NPG D27627

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