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Simon François Ravenet (1721-1774)

Artist associated with 33 portraits
Ravenet studied engraving and etching in Paris, under Jacques Philippe Le Bas. In 1743, he moved to London to assist William Hogarth in the engraving of his Marriage a la Mode paintings. Ravenet remained in London for the rest of his life. The majority of his work was produced for large-scale publishers including Robert Sayer, John and Paul Knapton, and, especially, John Boydell. He also engraved the portraits of such eminent figures as George II, Alexander Pope and David Hume. Ravenet played a significant part in the London art institutions that were developing at the time. He sat on the committee of the Society of Artists in 1767 and in 1770, he joined the Royal Academy as one of only six associate engravers.

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D23794

King Edward IV

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23794

D30365

Algernon Sidney

by Simon François Ravenet, after Justus van Egmont
line engraving, early 18th century (1663)
NPG D30365

D23762

King Henry VI

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D23762

D27518

Sir Joseph Jekyll

by Simon François Ravenet, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27518

D19873

Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, published 1736
NPG D19873

D10762

King George II

by Simon François Ravenet, after David Morier
line engraving, 1743 or after
NPG D10762

D29424

Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, circa 1752
NPG D29424

D31518

Jonathan Swift

by Simon François Ravenet, after Thomas Barber
line engraving, published 1752
NPG D31518

D46022

Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, circa 1752
NPG D46022

D16228

John Tillotson

by Simon François Ravenet, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1752
NPG D16228

D40703

Thomas Sherlock

by Simon François Ravenet, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
line engraving, 1756 (1740)
NPG D40703

D20479

Thomas Sherlock

by Simon François Ravenet, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
line engraving, 1756 (1740)
NPG D20479

D24156

King Henry VIII

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, 1757
NPG D24156

D25040

Queen Elizabeth I

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, 1757
NPG D25040

D25158

James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, 1757
NPG D25158

D25159

James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, 1757
NPG D25159

D28986

David Lesley, 1st Baron Newark

by Simon François Ravenet
line engraving, 1757
NPG D28986

D31076

Queen Mary II

by Simon François Ravenet, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1757
NPG D31076

D31385

William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper

by Simon François Ravenet, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1757
NPG D31385

D31401

James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

by Simon François Ravenet, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, 1757
NPG D31401

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