Search the Collection

John Bannister

(1760-1836), Comedian and actor

Sitter in 9 portraits
Jack (John) Bannister had been a student at the Royal Academy Schools before making his acting debut in 1778. He remained a close friend of his fellow student, the caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson, throughout his life. He found success with the part of Don Ferolo Whiskerandos in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Critic (1779) and made a reputation for himself as a popular light comedian with a good singing voice. He was particularly associated with the summer seasons at the Haymarket Theatre and married the company's principal singer, Elizabeth Harper, in 1783.

List Thumbnail

John Bannister, by John Russell - NPG 1769

John Bannister

by John Russell
pastel, 1799
NPG 1769

John Bannister, by George Dance - NPG 1136

John Bannister

by George Dance
pencil, 1800
NPG 1136

John Bannister, by and published by John Raphael Smith, after  Mather Brown - NPG D622

John Bannister

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1787
NPG D622

John Bannister, by John Raphael Smith, after  Mather Brown - NPG D7512

John Bannister

by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1787
NPG D7512

John Bannister as Gradias in Mrs Cowley's 'Who's the Dupe', by Edward Bell, after  Samuel De Wilde - NPG D7511

John Bannister as Gradias in Mrs Cowley's 'Who's the Dupe'

by Edward Bell, after Samuel De Wilde
mezzotint, published 1794
NPG D7511

John Bannister as Scout and William Parsons as Sheeplace in 'The Village Lawyer', by John Raphael Smith, after  Samuel De Wilde - NPG D7509

John Bannister as Scout and William Parsons as Sheeplace in 'The Village Lawyer'

by John Raphael Smith, after Samuel De Wilde
mezzotint, published 1796
NPG D7509

John Bannister, possibly after George Clint - NPG D7510

John Bannister

possibly after George Clint
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D7510

John Bannister, by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D15044

John Bannister

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (May 1800)
NPG D15044

John Opie; John Bannister, published by James Cundee, after  John Opie, and after  Unknown artist - NPG D45904

John Opie; John Bannister

published by James Cundee, after John Opie, and after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1807
NPG D45904

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.