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John Bell

(1745-1831), Publisher

Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Artist associated with 57 portraits
John Bell, publisher and bookseller, was a major figure in the London printing and book trade for much of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Beginning in 1777, he issued the 109 volumes of The Poets of Great Britain complete from Chaucer to Churchill series. He influenced later publishing practice by introducing illustrations into his books that were not only prepared by competent artists but also related to the text. In addition, he founded a weekly newspaper, a monthly illustrated magazine, and various other periodicals.

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Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella'), by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8464

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella')

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1776
NPG D8464

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8941

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 16 July 1776
NPG D8941

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8942

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 16 July 1776
NPG D8942

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8943

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
hand-coloured line engraving, published 16 July 1776
NPG D8943

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella'), by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8951

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella')

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 26 September 1776
NPG D8951

Ann Catley as Euphrosyne in Milton's 'Comus', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D2032

Ann Catley as Euphrosyne in Milton's 'Comus'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D2032

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8676

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1 March 1777
NPG D8676

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8678

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 1 March 1777
NPG D8678

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8679

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 1 March 1777
NPG D8679

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Electra, by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8818

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Electra

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8818

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire), by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8944

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire)

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8944

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire), by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8945

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire)

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8945

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire), by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8946

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire)

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8946

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D4954

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 1778
NPG D4954

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8665

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8665

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8666

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8666

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8667

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8667

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Arethusa in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'Philaster', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8673

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Arethusa in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'Philaster'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8673

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8930

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published January 1778
NPG D8930

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia', by J. Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8931

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia'

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published January 1778
NPG D8931

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