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James Watson (circa 1740-1790), Engraver

Artist associated with 193 portraits
James Watson was born in Ireland. As a young man he moved to London, where he studied mezzotint engraving. He became one of the leading mezzotint engravers of the day, including fifty-six plates after the paintings of Joshua Reynolds. The majority of Watson's work was produced for Sayer, Boydell and other printsellers but he published some plates himself. Watson exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1762 to 1775, during which time he was regarded as a master in his field.

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D14527

Nancy Dawson

by James Watson, published by John Bowles, after Charles Spooner
mezzotint, published circa 1740-1780
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D4741

John Wesley

by James Watson, printed for Robert Sayer, after J. Williams
mezzotint, published circa 1745-1794
NPG D4741

D14974

Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick and Brooke

by James Watson, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, circa 1750-1790
NPG D14974

D3110

Sir George Howard

by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1758-1762)
NPG D3110

D14866

Sir George Howard

by James Watson, published by John Bowles, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1758-1762)
NPG D14866

D9158

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe)

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760-1790
NPG D9158

D34760

John Manners, Marquess of Granby

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1760s (circa 1766-1767)
NPG D34760

D9492

The Brickdust Man

by James Watson, published by Henry Parker, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, after Nathaniel Hone
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D9492

D39287

Sir John Trenchard

by James Watson, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1760-1790
NPG D39287

D1412

Henrietta Catherine Cholmley (née Croft)

by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1760-1761)
NPG D1412

D1779

Frances Douglas (née Lascelles)

by James Watson, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint
NPG D1779

D1964

Kitty Fisher

by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint
NPG D1964

D3181

Lady Charlotte Johnstone (née Montagu)

by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1760)
NPG D3181

D4270

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe)

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760-1790
NPG D4270

D4271

Mary Smith (née Cunliffe)

by James Watson, printed for Robert Sayer, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1760-1790
NPG D4271

D5532

Miss Plunkett

by James Watson, after William Hoare
mezzotint
NPG D5532

D6939

Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple

by James Watson, published by John Bowles, after William Hoare
mezzotint, circa 1760-1761
NPG D6939

D4649

Zachariah Mudge

by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1761-1762)
NPG D4649

D8194

Anne Irwin (née Barry)

by James Watson, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, published by Henry Parker, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1761)
NPG D8194

D35120

Mary Hale (née Chaloner) as Euphrosyne ('L'Allegro')

by James Watson, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1762-1764)
NPG D35120

Place

Ireland