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John Dixon (circa 1740-1811), Engraver

Artist associated with 47 portraits
Dublin-born Dixon trained at the drawing school of the Dublin Society and moved to London around 1765. He exhibited at the Society of Artist from 1766. In 1769, he was one of those appointed to arrange models at the society's teaching academy. He was a director in 1770-71, and again from 1772 to 1775. Most of Dixon's early plates were published by William Wynne Ryland. His work was distinguished and included several of the most highly rated plates of the day, including A Tigress, after George Stubbs (1772) and Reynolds's most celebrated history painting, Ugolino (1774). In 1775, Dixon married wealthy widow, Ann Kempe, after which he ceased working and lived a life of leisure.

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D23813

King Richard III

probably by John Dixon
line engraving, 1757
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D35190

Robert Dingley

by John Dixon, after William Hoare
mezzotint, (1762)
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D6913

Nicholas Taafe, 6th Viscount Taafe

by John Dixon, after Robert Hunter
mezzotint, 1763
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D3434

John (John) Joshua Kirby

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (circa 1764)
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D14967

(John) Joshua Kirby

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (circa 1764)
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D35859

'Miss Crusses' (Elizabeth Hinchliffe (nee Crewe); Emma Crewe)

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1766)
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D845

Sir William Browne

by John Dixon, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (1766)
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D35728

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer
mezzotint, circa 1767-1772
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D35729

Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford

by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer
mezzotint, circa 1767-1772
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D35738

James Hervey

by John Dixon, published by John Bowles, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, circa 1767-1775
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D3016

James Hervey

by John Dixon, published by John Bowles, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, circa 1767-1775
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D3018

James Hervey

by John Dixon, published by Carington Bowles, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, circa 1767-1793
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D17978

Lady Mary Catherine Bertie

by John Dixon, after Matthew William Peters
mezzotint, 1767
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D31606

William Beckford

by John Dixon
mezzotint, published 1769
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D5751

William Powell

by John Dixon, after Thomas Lawranson
mezzotint, published 1769
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D20221

William Powell

by John Dixon, after Thomas Lawranson
mezzotint, published 1769
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D35649

Benjamin Heath

by John Dixon, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, late 18th century
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D37520

John Wilkes

by John Dixon, published by Carington Bowles
mezzotint, published 1770
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D4489

Charles Townshend

by John Dixon, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 21 December 1770 (1765-1767)
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