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Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), Mezzotint engraver and printseller

Artist associated with 65 portraits
Apprenticed to printseller Robert Sayer from 1770 until 1777, where he developed a reputation as a mezzotint engraver of caricatures, portraits and topographical views. In 1776, he was awarded a premium from the Society of Arts for inventing a new method of printing mezzotints in colour. After completing his apprenticeship, he tried unsuccessfully to set himself up as an independent artist; he soon rejoined Sayer, first as an assistant and then as a partner. In 1794, Sayer retired and Laurie, with James Whittle, took control of the business. The firm published prints ranging from satirical works to topographical views, but they were best known for their large, accurate, maps and atlases.

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D18931

White Kennett

by John Faber Sr, published by Robert Laurie
mezzotint, 1719
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D29771

Oliver Plunket (St Oliver Plunket)

possibly by Robert Laurie
mezzotint, late 18th century
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D29772

Oliver Plunket (St Oliver Plunket)

possibly by Robert Laurie
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D29772

D5137

Philip Luckombe

by Robert Laurie, after Thomas Kearsley
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D5137

D5138

Philip Luckombe

by Robert Laurie, after Thomas Kearsley
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D5138

D1532

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by Robert Laurie, printed for Robert Sayer, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 20 October 1771
NPG D1532

D5634

Jemima Tulikens Cornwallis (née Jones), Marchioness Cornwallis

by Robert Laurie, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1771
NPG D5634

D1531

Elizabeth Cox

by Robert Laurie, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D1531

D578

Sophia Baddeley (née Snow)

by Robert Laurie, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D578

D7460

Sophia Baddeley (née Snow)

by Robert Laurie, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, 1772
NPG D7460

D7506

Mrs Banks

by Robert Laurie, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1772
NPG D7506

D40720

'Mr Shuter, Mr Quick and Mrs Green in the characters of Hardcastle'

by Robert Laurie, printed for Robert Sayer, printed for John Bennett, after Thomas Parkinson
mezzotint, published 8 February 1776
NPG D40720

D19744

'Mr Shuter, Mr Quick and Mrs Green in the characters of Hardcastle'

by Robert Laurie, printed for Robert Sayer, printed for John Bennett, after Thomas Parkinson
mezzotint, published 8 February 1776
NPG D19744

D2547

John Burges Haffey

by Robert Laurie, published by Robert Sayer, published by John Bennett, after John Foldsone
mezzotint, published 1 May 1777
NPG D2547

D8877

Catherine Frederick

by Robert Laurie, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1777
NPG D8877

D34374

David Garrick

by Robert Laurie, printed for and published by J. Stevens, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 30 January 1779 (circa 1775?)
NPG D34374

D1647

James William Dodd

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D1647

D1648

James William Dodd

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D1648

D2551

James Hackman

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2551

D2947

James Hackman

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2947