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Robert Smirke (1753-1845), Painter and illustrator

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 23 portraits
A painter of humorous and sentimental subjects, Robert Smirke became a student of the Royal Academy, London, at the age of nineteen. From 1786, he was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and was elected a full academician in 1792. During his career, Robert Smirke illustrated such classic novels as 'Don Quixote', the 'Arabian Nights', 'The Hunchback' and many scenes from both Shakespeare and the Bible. Smirke was commissioned by Boydell to produce designs illustrative of Shakespeare's comedies and history plays.

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Robert Smirke

by John Jackson, after Mary Smirke
watercolour, engraved 1814 (circa 1810)
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4525

Robert Smirke

attributed to Edward Hodges Baily
plaster cast of bust, circa 1828
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D13085

'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797
NPG D13085

D10716

Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716

D36021

Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
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D19036

Robert Smirke

by Charles Picart, after Mary Smirke
stipple engraving, (circa 1810)
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D41734

Robert Smirke

by Charles Picart, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Mary Smirke
stipple engraving, published 2 May 1814 (circa 1810)
NPG D41734

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Robert Smirke

by Charles Picart, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Mary Smirke
stipple engraving, published 2 May 1814 (circa 1810)
NPG D19993