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Richard Tompson

(died 1693), Publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 116 portraits
With Alexander Browne, Richard Tompson played a pivotal role in the development of the English mezzotint. They were the first publishers to issue large runs of mezzotints of distinct quality and format and in an organised manner. Tompson himself was not a printmaker, and his plates were made by engravers including Jan Van Somer, Jan Van der Vaart and Robert Williams. In 1669 Tompson co-published with Browne the latter's Ars pictorial, a treatise on art combining art theory and practical instructions. From 1674, the two men were also partners in what was probably the first art auctioneering business in London.

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Sir Peter Lely, by Arnold de Jode, published by  Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D5062

Sir Peter Lely

by Arnold de Jode, published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1666
NPG D5062

Queen Mary II, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29324

Queen Mary II

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D29324

Robert ('Beau') Feilding, by Jan van der Vaart, after  Sir Peter Lely, published by  Richard Tompson - NPG D29988

Robert ('Beau') Feilding

by Jan van der Vaart, after Sir Peter Lely, published by Richard Tompson
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D29988

Dorothy Ashley-Cooper (née Manners), Countess of Shaftesbury, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30541

Dorothy Ashley-Cooper (née Manners), Countess of Shaftesbury

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30541

Anne Montague, after Sir Peter Lely, published by  Richard Tompson - NPG D30542

Anne Montague

after Sir Peter Lely, published by Richard Tompson
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30542

Anne Montague, after Sir Peter Lely, published by  Richard Tompson - NPG D30544

Anne Montague

after Sir Peter Lely, published by Richard Tompson
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30544

Essex Finch (née Rich), Countess of Nottingham, by Jan van der Vaart, after  Sir Peter Lely, published by  Richard Tompson - NPG D30545

Essex Finch (née Rich), Countess of Nottingham

by Jan van der Vaart, after Sir Peter Lely, published by Richard Tompson
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30545

Jane Myddelton (née Needham) ('Madame Middleton'), by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D38404

Jane Myddelton (née Needham) ('Madame Middleton')

by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint printed in brown, late 17th century
NPG D38404

Jane Myddelton (née Needham) ('Madame Middleton'), by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D38405

Jane Myddelton (née Needham) ('Madame Middleton')

by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D38405

King William III, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29332

King William III

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29332

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 2nd Earl of Shaftesbury, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29420

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 2nd Earl of Shaftesbury

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29420

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale; Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale and Countess of Dysart, by Robert Williams, published by  Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29432

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale; Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale and Countess of Dysart

by Robert Williams, published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29432

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale; Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale and Countess of Dysart, by Robert Williams, published by  Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29435

John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale; Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale and Countess of Dysart

by Robert Williams, published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29435

George Morley, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29530

George Morley

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29530

John Hervey, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29827

John Hervey

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29827

Sir William Berkeley, by Sir Peter Lely, after  Richard Tompson - NPG D29942

Sir William Berkeley

by Sir Peter Lely, after Richard Tompson
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29942

William Verney, after Sir Peter Lely, published by  Richard Tompson - NPG D29954

William Verney

after Sir Peter Lely, published by Richard Tompson
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D29954

Thomas Windham, after Sir Ralph Cole, published by  Richard Tompson - NPG D30016

Thomas Windham

after Sir Ralph Cole, published by Richard Tompson
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D30016

Elizabeth Grey (née Harvey), Countess of Stamford, published by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D9194

Elizabeth Grey (née Harvey), Countess of Stamford

published by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D9194

Anne Cecil (née Cavendish), Countess of Exeter, by Richard Tompson, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D30516

Anne Cecil (née Cavendish), Countess of Exeter

by Richard Tompson, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1678-1679
NPG D30516

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