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Jonathan Spilsbury (baptised 1737-1812), Printmaker and portrait painter
Artist associated with 53 portraits
Jonathan Spilsbury was the elder brother of printmaker John Spilsbury, and the brothers' careers were closely connected. From 1750 to 1757, Spilsbury was apprenticed to his cousin George Spilsbury of Birmingham. He then moved to London where he established himself as a painter of portraits in oils, watercolour and chalk, and as a printmaker. Spilsbury worked chiefly in mezzotint but also used etching, dry point and stipple techniques. He exhibited three works at the Society of Artists between 1763 and 1771, and thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy between 1776 and 1784. From 1763 until 1769, he worked from his brother John's shop in Covent Garden; his brother frequently acted as his publisher.
by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Angelica Kauffmann
by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 10 April 1770 (circa 1769)