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John Bowles (1701?-1779), Printseller and publisher

Artist associated with 114 portraits
John Bowles was part of the Bowles family of print and map sellers. He was the son of Thomas Bowles. In partnership with his elder brother, also named Thomas Bowles, John took over his father's business when the latter died in 1721. In 1743, the brothers published prints of the paintings that decorated Vauxhall Gardens and from about that date they launched a long series of topographical views depicting the sights of London and the surrounding villages.

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D21226

John Owen

by Robert White, printed for John Bowles
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D21226

D31182

George Walker

by John Savage, published by John Bowles
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D31182

D30636

Lady Williams

by Isaac Beckett, after William Wissing, sold by John Bowles
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30636

D37089

Lady Williams

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Bowles, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D37089

D41714

Jane (née Skeffington), Lady Hamilton

by John Smith, sold by John Bowles, after William Wissing
mezzotint, 1687
NPG D41714

D26773

Worthies of Britain

by Francis Kyte, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D26773

D29866

Sir Matthew Hale

after John Michael Wright, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D29866

D31314

Henrietta Pelham-Holles (née Godolphin), Duchess of Newcastle

by Francis Kyte, published by John Bowles, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D31314

D31519

Jonathan Swift

by Peter Pelham, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D31519

D27427

John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville when Baron Carteret

by Peter Pelham, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, (circa 1710-1723)
NPG D27427

D14964

Sir Richard Steele

by John Sturt, published by John Bowles, after Bernard Lens (II)
line engraving, published 1710
NPG D14964

D42161

Sir Richard Steele

sold by John Bowles, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1711)
NPG D42161

D30994

King Charles I

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, 1717
NPG D30994

D5718

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

by Peter Pelham, published by John Bowles, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1718-1724
NPG D5718

D37063

Catherine Winstanley

by John Faber Jr, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, published by John Bowles, published by Carington Bowles, after Hamlet Winstanley
mezzotint, 1720-1756
NPG D37063

D9047

Sir Thomas Hardy

by John Faber Jr, sold by Thomas Bowles Jr, sold by John Bowles, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1722 (1714)
NPG D9047

D2560

Edmond Halley

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1722 (1712)
NPG D2560

D20054

Sir John Leake

by John Faber Jr, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, published by John Bowles, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1722 (1712)
NPG D20054

D41667

Sir Cloudesley Shovell

by John Faber Jr, sold by Thomas Bowles Jr, sold by John Bowles, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1723 (1702)
NPG D41667

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