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Jacob Tonson II (1682-1735), Publisher; nephew of Jacob Tonson I

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 5 portraits
Publisher. He took over the business of his famous uncle of the same name and lived in his uncle's home at Barn Elms where he built a special room for the Kit-cat Club portraits. Although the Club stopped meeting around this time, the younger Tonson wanted to capitalise on their fame - especially as the Whigs had come to power. He paid John Faber over £108 to engrave the plates and, in 1735, published a luxury series of mezzotints after the portraits.

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Jacob Tonson II

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1720
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 4091