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James Stow (circa 1770-in or after 1823), Engraver

Artist associated with 29 portraits
The son of a poor labourer, James Stow showed such an early aptitude for art that he was apprenticed as a teenager to the famous line engraver, William Woollett. After Woollett's death in 1785, he completed his apprenticeship with William Sharp. By 1790, James Stow was creating his own engravings and was so highly regarded that he began receiving some of the most important commissions of the day. These included works for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and for Robert Bowyer's Historic Gallery, which depicted images based upon important episodes in British history. Stow is said to have fallen into dissipated habits, and he died in poverty.

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D27053

Sir John Boys

by James Stow
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
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D18610

John Henley

by James Stow, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1790-1820
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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
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D25130

Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby

by James Stow, after Silvester Harding
line engraving, probably early 19th century
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D26169

Robert Cromwell

by James Stow
stipple engraving, early 19th century
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D35655

John Heath

by James Stow, after Michael William Sharp
stipple and line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D35655

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

D28510

Unknown man engraved as Jeffrey Hudson

by James Stow, after Daniel Mytens, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D28510

D24913

Robert Holgate

by James Stow, published by Robert Wilkinson, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 7 February 1812
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D28432

Mary Villiers (née Beaumont), Countess of Buckingham

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1814
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D28734

Oliver Cromwell

by James Stow, after Robert Walker
line engraving, published 1814
NPG D28734

D26053

Sir Thomas Edmondes

by James Stow, published by Robert Wilkinson
line engraving, published 22 May 1815
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D32569

Lord Frederick Campbell

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding, after Henry Edridge
line engraving, published 1817
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D26015

William Pemble

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1817
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D11022

William Pemble

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1 May 1817
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D25212

Richard Cox

by James Stow
line engraving, published 1822
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D25941

John Williams

by James Stow, after George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D25941

D26715

John Williams

by James Stow, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D26715

D26768

Richard Steward

by James Stow, after Cornelius De Neve
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D26768

D31424

Thomas Sprat

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, published 1822
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