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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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D42286

William Shakespeare

by William Ward, published by John Britton, after Thomas Phillips, after George Bullock, after Gerard Johnson
mezzotint, published 23 April 1816 (circa 1620)
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D7400

Junius

by G.F. Storm, printed by S.H. Hawkins, published by John Britton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1847 (1787-1788)
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D38758

John Nichols

by Charles Theodosius Heath, published by John Britton, after John Jackson
etching, published 1 July 1811
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William Shakespeare

by William Ward, printed by Lahee & Co, published by John Britton, after Thomas Phillips, after George Bullock, after Gerard Johnson
mezzotint, published 23 April 1816 (circa 1620)
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D41658

William Shakespeare

by William Ward, printed by Lahee & Co, published by John Britton, after Thomas Phillips, after George Bullock, after Gerard Johnson
mezzotint, published 23 April 1816 (circa 1620)
NPG D41658

D37177

'Junius'

by G.F. Storm, printed by S.H. Hawkins, published by John Britton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1847 (1787-1788)
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