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James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 188 portraits
An attorney of independent means he quit his profession in order to focus on political caricature. His allegiance was with the Tory William Pitt and he directed his satire against Charles James Fox and his Coalition Ministry. Underlining the power of the political print in the late eighteenth century, Fox is said to have declared that Sayers' caricatures had done him 'more mischief than the debates in Parliament or the works of the Press'. Sayers' strengths lay in his gift for portraiture and characterisation and his prints were evidently a source of reference for James Gillray and others. The National Portrait Gallery collection includes an album of etchings selected for a friend by Sayers himself in 1818.

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D9542

Richard Brinsley Sheridan ('A peep behind the curtain at Drury Lane')

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 14 January 1780
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D1146

John Burgoyne

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D1146

D2298

Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Effingham

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 14 May 1782
NPG D2298

D2362

'Vox populi' (Charles James Fox)

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 6 April 1782
NPG D2362

D2827

Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 14 May 1782
NPG D2827

D5830

Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D5830

D5900

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 3 July 1782
NPG D5900

D9008

Richard Rigby

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 6 April 1782
NPG D9008

D9553

'Date obolum Belisario' (Isaac Barré; William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne))

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 24 August 1782
NPG D9553

D9562

'Paradise lost'

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 July 1782
NPG D9562

D9566

Sir Francis Molineux; Robert Quarme

by James Sayers
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D9566

D9592

Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 6 April 1782
NPG D9592

D9620

Isaac Barré

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D9620

D9622

Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D9622

D9638

George Bodens

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 4 June 1782
NPG D9638

D9661

John Burgoyne

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 17 June 1782
NPG D9661

D9665

Edmund Burke

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 6 April 1782
NPG D9665

D9675

Lord John Cavendish

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 3 July 1782
NPG D9675

D9728

Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Effingham

by James Sayers, published by Charles Bretherton
etching, published 14 May 1782
NPG D9728