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Jonathan Spilsbury

(baptised 1737-1812), Printmaker and portrait painter

Artist associated with 52 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.

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John Bunyan, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Thomas Sadler, published by  Robert Sayer - NPG D29796

John Bunyan

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Thomas Sadler, published by Robert Sayer
mezzotint, (1685)
NPG D29796

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  William Hoare - NPG D32919

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after William Hoare
mezzotint, (circa 1754)
NPG D32919

King George III, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  Thomas Jefferys - NPG D19913

King George III

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by Thomas Jefferys
mezzotint, published 1759
NPG D19913

Sarah Taylor (née Crawford), by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Ryall, after  R. Murray - NPG D4357

Sarah Taylor (née Crawford)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Ryall, after R. Murray
mezzotint, circa 1760-1780
NPG D4357

Esther Jacobs, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D36463

Esther Jacobs

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1761?)
NPG D36463

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38218

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D38218

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38219

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D38219

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Boydell, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D3667

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati ('Joseph') Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D3667

Richard Baxter, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Riley - NPG D21517

Richard Baxter

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Riley
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D21517

Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D32623

Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D32623

Richard Baxter, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Riley - NPG D681

Richard Baxter

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Riley
mezzotint, published 1763
NPG D681

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Spilsbury, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3648

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
NPG D3648

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  John Spilsbury, after  Katharine Read - NPG D5655

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

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

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Katharine Read - NPG D13745

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

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

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Katharine Read - NPG D15235

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

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

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  William Hoare - NPG D32548

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after William Hoare
mezzotint, published 1766
NPG D32548

Inigo Jones, by and published by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D36714

Inigo Jones

by and published by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
mezzotint, published 3 February 1766 (circa 1632-1635)
NPG D36714

Samson Occom, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Mason Chamberlin - NPG D3711

Samson Occom

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Mason Chamberlin
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D3711

Mrs Richards, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D4026

Mrs Richards

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D4026

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