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George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 846 portraits
Antiquary and engraver, who for many years 'wrote down everything he saw, heard or read' in some forty notebooks now in the British Library. Used by Horace Walpole in 1762 as the basis for his Anecdotes of Painting, they remain one of the prime sources for the history of art in England.

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3905

Sir Francis Drake

attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by George Vertue
engraving, circa 1583
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4311

Francis Sandford

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
pencil, (circa 1680)
NPG 4311

4684

Maurice Johnson

by George Vertue
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, 1731
On display in Room 10: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4684

4876

George Vertue

by George Vertue
pencil and red chalk, 1741
NPG 4876

D25217

John Jewel

by Robert Graves, after George Vertue
line engraving, published late 17th century-early 18th century (1715)
NPG D25217

D30786

King James II

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D30786

D22701

Henry Hare, 2nd Baron Coleraine

by William Faithorne, by George Vertue
line engraving, 1680s
NPG D22701

D30782

King James II

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1688)
NPG D30782

D16728

King James II

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, (1688)
NPG D16728

D16729

King James II

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, (1688)
NPG D16729

D16727

King James II

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, (1688)
NPG D16727

D23614

King Henry I

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D23614

D23617

King Henry I

by Pierre François Basan, after George Vertue
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23617

D23646

King John

by George Vertue
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23646

D23710

John of Gaunt

by John Lightbody, after George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D23710

D23863

Elizabeth of York

possibly by George Vertue
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D23863

D24073

Geoffrey Chaucer

by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D24073

D24248

Thomas Wolsey

possibly by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24248

D24999

Called Lady Jane Dudley (née Grey)

possibly by George Vertue
line engraving, possibly early to mid 18th century
NPG D24999

D25055

Unknown sitter, formerly known as Mary, Queen of Scots

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D25055