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Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), Painter and illustrator

Sitter associated with 16 portraits
Artist associated with 9 portraits
Sir John Gilbert worked initially for his father's estate agency, before turning to art. In 1836 he began exhibiting at the Royal Society of British Artists and the British Institution, and from 1842 he was the first artist to contribute historical scenes to the Illustrated London News, making a total of 30,000 illustrations in forty years. Gilbert began to paint in watercolour in 1851; he was elected to the Old Water Colour Society in 1854 and was its President in 1871. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1872 and a Royal Academician in 1876.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

after Sir John Gilbert
pencil, circa 1837
NPG 5566


The Coalition Ministry, 1854

by Sir John Gilbert
pencil, pen and ink and wash, 1855
NPG 1125


Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a


Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075


'The Princess Royal sitting for a Portrait'

by William Radclyffe, published by J. Mead, after Sir John Gilbert
line engraving, circa 1842-1844 (1842)
NPG D33805


Thomas Wolsey

by Leighton Brothers, published by Illustrated London News, after Sir John Gilbert
colour wood engraving, published 27 July 1872
NPG D37009


Joseph Mallord William Turner

after Sir John Gilbert
woodcut, (1846)
NPG D39436


Joseph Mallord William Turner

after Sir John Gilbert
lithograph, (1846)
NPG D39437