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Katharine Read (1723-1778), Portrait painter

Artist associated with 41 portraits
From an aristocratic family in Dundee. In 1745, she went to Paris to study crayon painting under Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. She moved to Rome in 1751, where she established a portraiture clientele from the Italian aristocracy and the transient British expatriate community in Rome on the grand tour. Read returned to Britain and set up her studio in London in 1753, establishing a reputation as one of the most fashionable portrait painters in crayon, which she sustained for over twenty years. In 1777 Read, accompanied by her niece Helena Beatson, travelled to India in the hope of establishing a practice for herself in Madras. The following year she set sail for the Cape; she died en route and was buried at sea.

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D14785

Juliana Baker (née Penn)

by Robert Pranker, after Katharine Read
line engraving, (circa 1750-1775)
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D15272

Miss Trimmer

after Katharine Read
mezzotint, (circa 1750-1775)
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D4035

Penelope Pitt (née Atkins), Lady Rivers

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Katharine Read
mezzotint
NPG D4035

D3648

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
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D5655

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
NPG D5655

D13745

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1764
NPG D13745

D15235

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
NPG D15235

D33327

King George IV; Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by James Watson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, circa 1765-1770
NPG D33327

D39401

Miss Trimmer

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published circa 1765-1772
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D4502

Miss Trimmer

after Katharine Read
mezzotint, circa 1765-1780
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D4503

Miss Trimmer

after Katharine Read
mezzotint, circa 1765-1780
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D10660

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, after 1767
NPG D10660

D3401

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Watson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, after 1767
NPG D3401

D37444

William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian when Lord Newbattle; Lady Elizabeth Dormer (née Kerr)

by Valentine Green, published by Ryland and Bryer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D37444

D14199

Lady Helena Oakeley (née Beatson)

by James Watson, published by Robert Sayer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1 January 1768
NPG D14199

D10661

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Wilson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D10661

D36835

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Wilson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D36835

D3396

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Wilson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3396

D3397

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

published by John Bowles, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3397

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