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James Basire (1730-1802), Engraver

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 85 portraits
Basire was apprenticed to engraver Richard William Seale and afterwards travelled to Italy with the artist and engraver Roger Dalton. By the 1760s he had established a successful engraving practice. In 1755 Basire was appointed engraver to the Society of Antiquaries and after that time documentary or pictorial antiquarian engraving formed the majority of his work. Basire is best remembered for his 1770 engraving of the historical painting The Field of the Cloth of Gold (c.1550-80) that depicts the festivities following the meeting of Henry VIII with the French King Francis I in 1520. This was the largest engraving ever made and took Basire over two years to complete.

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Thomas Gray

by James Basire, after William Mason
pencil, (circa 1771)
NPG 425

D18543

King Charles II

by James Basire, after Thomas Simon
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D18543

D16330

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by James Basire, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 18th century (1630s)
NPG D16330

D32570

John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll

by James Basire, after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, (1721)
NPG D32570

D31593

Sir Richard Beaumont, Bt

by James Basire
line engraving, mid-late 18th century
NPG D31593

D24241

'Monument of George Talbot, fourth Earl of Shrewsbury'

by James Basire, after Hirst
line engraving, possibly mid or late 18th century
NPG D24241

D36343

Lady Jane Grey

by James Basire, after George Vertue
stipple engraving, (1748)
NPG D36343

D5300

Thomas Morell

by James Basire, after William Hogarth
line engraving, published 1762
NPG D5300

D5301

Thomas Morell

by James Basire, after William Hogarth
line engraving, published 1762
NPG D5301

D5302

Thomas Morell

by James Basire, after William Hogarth
line engraving, published 1762
NPG D5302

D14121

Thomas Morell

by James Basire, after William Hogarth
etching, published 1762
NPG D14121

D28941

Algernon Sidney

by James Basire, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, 1763
NPG D28941

D31912

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by James Basire, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, published 1765
NPG D31912

D32552

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by James Basire, published by John Boydell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, 1766
NPG D32552

D17066

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by James Basire, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, published 1767
NPG D17066

D25251

Henry Smith

by James Basire
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D25251

D25450

Richard Clough

by James Basire, after Moses Griffith
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D25450

D28134

Mary Bond

by James Basire
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28134

D28999

Sir Henry Slingsby, Bt

by James Basire
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28999

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