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John Britton

(1771-1857), Antiquary and topographer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 6 portraits
Moved to London at sixteen and was apprenticed to a wine merchant. He worked in a variety of jobs before being commissioned by a Salisbury publisher to compile an account of Wiltshire. The Beauties of Wiltshire (1801), was the first of a series of popular topographical books that became a new class of literary works. In 1805, Britton published the first of his nine-volume Architectural Antiquities of Great Britain (1805-14), and this was followed by fourteen volumes of Cathedral Antiquities of England (1814-35). Through his published work, Britton was one of the leading figures of the Neo-Gothic revival. He contributed regularly to the Gentleman's Magazine and other periodicals.

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John Britton, by William Brockedon - NPG 2515(44)

John Britton

by William Brockedon
black and red chalk, 1831
NPG 2515(44)

John Britton, by John Wood - NPG 667

John Britton

by John Wood
oil on canvas, 1845
On display in the Library at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 667

John Britton, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after  John Wood - NPG D20053

John Britton

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after John Wood
mezzotint, 1845
NPG D20053

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