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John Boydell (1720-1804), Engraver and printseller

Sitter in 13 portraits
Artist associated with 126 portraits
John Boydell was the most important print publisher of his day, and was responsible for the publication of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. In 1769, he launched A Collection of Prints, Engraved from the most Capital Paintings in England. A second volume was completed in 1772. In the 1790s, Boydell began a Shakespeare venture that included the establishment of a Shakespeare Gallery and the publication of an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's plays. Some of the most illustrious painters of the day contributed, but financial woes dogged the project as Britain's economy suffered during the French Revolutionary wars. The expenses were so large that Boydell died almost bankrupt.

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D32074

Henrietta Maria

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published late 18th century (circa 1638)
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D32111

King Charles I; Henrietta Maria; King Charles II; Mary, Princess of Orange

by Bernard Baron, published by John Boydell, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching and line engraving, 1741 (1632)
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D33148

King George III

by J. Simson, published by John Boydell, and published by Thomas Jefferys, after Jeremiah Meyer, after James Macardell
mezzotint, published 1761
NPG D33148

D3667

Giuseppe Filippo Liberati (Joseph) Marchi

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1761 (1753)
NPG D3667

D9891

King George III

by William Pether, published by Henry Parker, and published by Elizabeth Bakewell, and published by John Boydell, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1 October 1762
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D11286

King George III

by William Pether, published by Henry Parker, and published by John Boydell, after Thomas Frye
mezzotint, published 1 October 1762
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D32552

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by James Basire, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1766
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D32553

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Simon Francois Ravenet, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1766
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D32554

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Simon Francois Ravenet, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1766
NPG D32554

D32555

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Simon Francois Ravenet, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1766
NPG D32555

D7002

Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

by James Watson, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1766
NPG D7002

D36258

Agneta Yorke (nee Johnson)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D36258

D36259

Agneta Yorke (nee Johnson)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1 July 1768
NPG D36259

D34384

David Garrick

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 2 April 1769 (1766-1769)
NPG D34384

D34385

David Garrick

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 2 April 1769 (1766-1769)
NPG D34385

D31961

King Charles I

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, published by John Boydell, and published by Josiah Boydell, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D31961

D28482

Mary (nee Ruthven), Lady van Dyck

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck, published by John Boydell
line engraving, published 1770
NPG D28482

D33310

Elizabeth Catherine ('Kitty') Clarke (nee Hunter)

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Edward Francis Cunningham (Calze)
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D33310

D34422

Richard Cumberland

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D34422

D34423

Richard Cumberland

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D34423