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Abraham Wivell (1786-1849), Portrait painter

Artist associated with 75 portraits
In 1799 Wivell was apprenticed to a wigmaker and hairdresser. He set up his own hairdressing business and, always interested in art, he advertised his portraiture skills by exhibiting miniatures in his shop window. Wivell produced a sketch of Queen Caroline that came to her notice; she gave him a sitting so he could complete the portrait. He received wider attention when his portraits of the participants of the queen's trial in the House of Lords were published. Wivell obtained many portrait commissions from the royal family, the aristocracy and society members. He painted the portraits of nearly 200 members of parliament for a view of the interior of the House of Commons published by Bowyer and Parkes.

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5152

John Parry

by Abraham Wivell
pencil, 1830
NPG 5152

D3707

Samuel Northcote

by Abraham Wivell, after William Gandy
mezzotint, (1713)
NPG D3707

D14716

James Boswell

by G.W. Hutin, published by Abraham Wivell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, (1785)
NPG D14716

D3068

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

by Abraham Wivell, after John Raphael Smith
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D3068

D8084

James Harmer

by Thomas Wright, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D8084

D18766

James Northcote

by J. de Claussin, published by Abraham Wivell, after Prince Hoare
etching, published 1814
NPG D18766

D19879

Joseph Nollekens

by Charles Turner, published by Abraham Wivell, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, published 24 December 1814
NPG D19879

D36539

Samuel Johnson

by William Thomas Fry, published by and after Abraham Wivell, after Joseph Nollekens
stipple engraving, published 26 June 1815 (1777)
NPG D36539

D5369

Sir John Northcote, 1st Bt

by Abraham Wivell, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D5369

D5511

James Perry

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D5511

D30920

George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

by Abraham Wivell, published by Thomas Rodd the Elder, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, published 1819
NPG D30920

D1331

Charles Burney

by Abraham Wivell, after Joseph Nollekens
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D1331

D3166

George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem

by Abraham Wivell, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, published 1819
NPG D3166

D4265

George Charles Smith

by Abraham Wivell
mezzotint, published 1819
NPG D4265

D4623

Humphrey Wanley

by Abraham Wivell, after Thomas Hill
mezzotint, 1819
NPG D4623

D33363

Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick

by Robert Cooper, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D33363

D10954

Louisa Demont

by Thomas Wright, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D10954

D7900

Arthur Thistlewood

by Cooper, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, (1820)
NPG D7900

D14273

Allan Ramsay

by and published by Abraham Wivell, after Allan Ramsay
mezzotint, published 8 January 1820
NPG D14273

D20845

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Bt

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, (1821)
NPG D20845