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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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White Kennett, by John Faber Sr, published by  Robert Laurie - NPG D18931

White Kennett

by John Faber Sr, published by Robert Laurie
mezzotint, 1719
NPG D18931

Oliver Plunket (St Oliver Plunket), possibly by Robert Laurie - NPG D29771

Oliver Plunket (St Oliver Plunket)

possibly by Robert Laurie
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D29771

Oliver Plunket (St Oliver Plunket), possibly by Robert Laurie - NPG D29772

Oliver Plunket (St Oliver Plunket)

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

Philip Luckombe, by Robert Laurie, after  Thomas Kearsley - NPG D5137

Philip Luckombe

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

Philip Luckombe, by Robert Laurie, after  Thomas Kearsley - NPG D5138

Philip Luckombe

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

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), by Robert Laurie, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D1532

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

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

Jemima Tulikens Cornwallis (née Jones), Marchioness Cornwallis, by Robert Laurie, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D5634

Jemima Tulikens Cornwallis (née Jones), Marchioness Cornwallis

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

Elizabeth Cox (née Green), by Robert Laurie, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D1531

Elizabeth Cox (née Green)

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

Sophia Baddeley (née Snow), by Robert Laurie, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D578

Sophia Baddeley (née Snow)

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

Sophia Baddeley (née Snow), by Robert Laurie, after  Johan Joseph Zoffany - NPG D7460

Sophia Baddeley (née Snow)

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

Mrs Banks, by Robert Laurie, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D7506

Mrs Banks

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

'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 - NPG 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

'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 - NPG 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

John Burges Haffey, by Robert Laurie, published by  Robert Sayer, published by  John Bennett, after  John Foldsone - NPG 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

Catherine Frederick, by Robert Laurie, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D8877

Catherine Frederick

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

David Garrick, by Robert Laurie, printed for and published by  J. Stevens, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG 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

James William Dodd, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D1647

James William Dodd

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

James William Dodd, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D1648

James William Dodd

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

James Hackman, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D2551

James Hackman

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

James Hackman, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D2947

James Hackman

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

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