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William Skelton

(1763-1848), Engraver

Artist associated with 58 portraits
William Skelton entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1781 and was a pupil, first of James Basire, and later of William Sharp. He was employed on the illustrations of many of the most sumptuous literary and learned publications of the day, notably John and Josiah Boydell's Shakespeare (1803), Thomas Macklin's Bible (1800-16) and Bowyer's edition of David Hume's The History of England. Skelton is best known for his many fine portraits of famous contemporaries, chiefly from pictures by Sir William Beechey, the majority of which he published himself between 1790 and 1820. These include a series of George III and his sons, Lord Mulgrave, Spencer Perceval and Warren Hastings.

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John Harvey, by William Skelton, published by  William Freeman, after  Thomas Stewardson - NPG D35553

John Harvey

by William Skelton, published by William Freeman, after Thomas Stewardson
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D35553

Benjamin Cooke, by William Skelton, after  Unknown artist - NPG D2203

Benjamin Cooke

by William Skelton, after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D2203

John Hunter, by and published by William Sharp, and published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, and published by  William Skelton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D9006

John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, and published by Benjamin Beale Evans, and published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D9006

John Hunter, by and published by William Sharp, published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, published by  William Skelton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D36394

John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D36394

John Hunter, by and published by William Sharp, published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, published by  William Skelton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D36395

John Hunter

by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
NPG D36395

Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon, by and published by James Fittler, published by  William Skelton, published by  Benjamin Beale Evans, after  John Opie - NPG D36840

Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon

by and published by James Fittler, published by William Skelton, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, after John Opie
line engraving, published 1 May 1789 (1788)
NPG D36840

William Turnbull, by William Skelton, after  Mason Chamberlin - NPG D39418

William Turnbull

by William Skelton, after Mason Chamberlin
line engraving, circa 1790-1820
NPG D39418

Sir John Sinclair, 1st Bt, by William Skelton, published by  Thomas Cadell the Elder, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D5992

Sir John Sinclair, 1st Bt

by William Skelton, published by Thomas Cadell the Elder, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 16 April 1790
NPG D5992

John Ireland, by William Skelton, after  John Hamilton Mortimer - NPG D7839

John Ireland

by William Skelton, after John Hamilton Mortimer
line engraving, published 1791
NPG D7839

Richard Suett as Bayes in 'The Rehearsal', by William Skelton, after  John Graham - NPG D16528

Richard Suett as Bayes in 'The Rehearsal'

by William Skelton, after John Graham
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D16528

Richard Suett as Bayes in 'The Rehearsal', by William Skelton, after  John Graham - NPG D16529

Richard Suett as Bayes in 'The Rehearsal'

by William Skelton, after John Graham
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D16529

George Berkeley, by William Skelton, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D31705

George Berkeley

by William Skelton, after John Vanderbank
line and stipple engraving, published 1800
NPG D31705

John Donne, by William Skelton - NPG D25949

John Donne

by William Skelton
line engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25949

John Fitzpatrick, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory, by William Skelton, after  William Lane - NPG D39274

John Fitzpatrick, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory

by William Skelton, after William Lane
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D39274

Margaretta Elizabeth Perceval (née Wilson), Lady Arden, by William Skelton, after  George Francis Joseph - NPG D7088

Margaretta Elizabeth Perceval (née Wilson), Lady Arden

by William Skelton, after George Francis Joseph
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D7088

George Berkeley, by and published by William Skelton, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D19562

George Berkeley

by and published by William Skelton, after John Vanderbank
line engraving, published 30 March 1800
NPG D19562

Thomas Astle, by William Skelton, after  Henry Howard - NPG D8643

Thomas Astle

by William Skelton, after Henry Howard
line engraving, published 1803
NPG D8643

Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, by and published by William Skelton, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D33282

Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge

by and published by William Skelton, after Sir William Beechey
line engraving, published 1808
NPG D33282

Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, by and published by William Skelton, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D33283

Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge

by and published by William Skelton, after Sir William Beechey
line engraving, published 1808
NPG D33283

Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge, by and published by William Skelton, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D33284

Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge

by and published by William Skelton, after Sir William Beechey
line engraving, published 1808
NPG D33284

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