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Francis Barlow (active 1648-died 1704), Painter and etcher

Artist associated with 63 portraits
Lincolnshire-born Barlow was apprenticed to the portrait painter William Shepherd. From around 1653, he worked in London as a painter of animals, birds, and country life. In the 1650s and early 1660s, and between 1685 and 1694, Barlow designed sets of natural history plates, which were etched by Wenceslaus Hollar, Richard Gaywood, Jan Griffier, and Francis Place. These prints continued to be published well into the following century and were an important source for artists and craftsmen of succeeding generations.

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Edward Benlowes

by Francis Barlow
etching, published 1652
NPG D9510


'Oliver Cromwell between Two Pillars'

by William Faithorne, after Francis Barlow
line engraving, 1658
NPG D22716


'The Emblems of England' (Oliver Cromwell)

attributed to William Faithorne, after Francis Barlow, after Unknown artist
stipple and etching, 1658
NPG D2233


William Harvey

by Richard Gaywood, probably after Francis Barlow
etching, circa 1660
NPG D43293


James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch

by Francis Barlow, sold by Steven Lye
line engraving, circa 1665-1675
NPG D29395


James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch

by Francis Barlow, sold by Steven Lye
etching, circa 1665-1675
NPG D13256


John Bunyan

possibly by Francis Barlow
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29795


'The Consult at Wild House'

after Francis Barlow
line engraving, 1679
NPG D23011(f)


'Pickerin Executed' (Thomas Pickering)

after Francis Barlow
line engraving, 1679
NPG D23011(h)


'The Consult at the white horse Taverne'

after Francis Barlow
line engraving, 1679
NPG D23011(m)

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