Search the Collection

James Stow

(circa 1770-in or after 1823), Engraver

Artist associated with 29 portraits
The son of a poor labourer, James Stow showed such an early aptitude for art that he was apprenticed as a teenager to the famous line engraver, William Woollett. After Woollett's death in 1785, he completed his apprenticeship with William Sharp. By 1790, James Stow was creating his own engravings and was so highly regarded that he began receiving some of the most important commissions of the day. These included works for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and for Robert Bowyer's Historic Gallery, which depicted images based upon important episodes in British history. Stow is said to have fallen into dissipated habits, and he died in poverty.

List Thumbnail

Sir John Boys, by James Stow - NPG D27053

Sir John Boys

by James Stow
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D27053

John Henley, by James Stow, after  Unknown artist - NPG D18610

John Henley

by James Stow, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1790-1820
NPG D18610

Mary of Modena; Prince James Francis Edward Stuart ('Mary Queen of James II quitting the Kingdom'), by James Stow, published by  Robert Bowyer, after  John Opie - NPG D32755

Mary of Modena; Prince James Francis Edward Stuart ('Mary Queen of James II quitting the Kingdom')

by James Stow, published by Robert Bowyer, after John Opie
line engraving, published 1796
NPG D32755

Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby, by James Stow, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D25130

Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby

by James Stow, after Silvester Harding
line engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25130

Robert Cromwell, by James Stow - NPG D26169

Robert Cromwell

by James Stow
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26169

John Heath, by James Stow, after  Michael William Sharp - NPG D35655

John Heath

by James Stow, after Michael William Sharp
stipple and line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D35655

'Commemoration of the victory of June 1st 1794', by Francesco Bartolozzi, and  John George Landseer, and  Thomas Ryder, and  James Stow, published by  Robert Bowyer, after  Robert Smirke - NPG D17016

'Commemoration of the victory of June 1st 1794'

by Francesco Bartolozzi, and John George Landseer, and Thomas Ryder, and James Stow, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1802
NPG D17016

Unknown man engraved as Jeffrey Hudson, by James Stow, after  Daniel Mytens, published by  George Perfect Harding - NPG D28510

Unknown man engraved as Jeffrey Hudson

by James Stow, after Daniel Mytens, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1810
NPG D28510

Robert Holgate, by James Stow, published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  Unknown artist - NPG D24913

Robert Holgate

by James Stow, published by Robert Wilkinson, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 7 February 1812
NPG D24913

Mary Villiers (née Beaumont), Countess of Buckingham, by James Stow, published by  George Perfect Harding - NPG D28432

Mary Villiers (née Beaumont), Countess of Buckingham

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1814
NPG D28432

Oliver Cromwell, by James Stow, after  Robert Walker - NPG D28734

Oliver Cromwell

by James Stow, after Robert Walker
line engraving, published 1814
NPG D28734

Sir Thomas Edmondes, by James Stow, published by  Robert Wilkinson - NPG D26053

Sir Thomas Edmondes

by James Stow, published by Robert Wilkinson
line engraving, published 22 May 1815
NPG D26053

Lord Frederick Campbell, by James Stow, published by  George Perfect Harding, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D32569

Lord Frederick Campbell

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding, after Henry Edridge
line engraving, published 1817
NPG D32569

William Pemble, by James Stow, published by  George Perfect Harding - NPG D26015

William Pemble

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1817
NPG D26015

William Pemble, by James Stow, published by  George Perfect Harding - NPG D11022

William Pemble

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1 May 1817
NPG D11022

Richard Cox, by James Stow - NPG D25212

Richard Cox

by James Stow
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D25212

John Williams, by James Stow, after  George Perfect Harding - NPG D25941

John Williams

by James Stow, after George Perfect Harding
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D25941

John Williams, by James Stow, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D26715

John Williams

by James Stow, after Cornelius Johnson
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D26715

Richard Steward, by James Stow, after  Cornelius De Neve - NPG D26768

Richard Steward

by James Stow, after Cornelius De Neve
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D26768

Thomas Sprat, by James Stow, published by  George Perfect Harding, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D31424

Thomas Sprat

by James Stow, published by George Perfect Harding, after Michael Dahl
line engraving, published 1822
NPG D31424

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.