Search the Collection

James Bretherton

(circa 1730-1806), Engraver and printseller

Artist associated with 44 portraits
A London etcher and publisher of his own work, James Bretherton was known for his etchings after old masters and contemporary artists. He was very skilled in both stipple engraving and aquatinting and produced a number of memorable works of art based upon the satirical designs of H.W. Bunbury. His son, Charles Bretherton, was also an accomplished etcher.

List Thumbnail

Charles Christian Reisen, by James Bretherton, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D27352

Charles Christian Reisen

by James Bretherton, after John Vanderbank
etching, published 1762
NPG D27352

Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke, by James Bretherton - NPG D5494

Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke

by James Bretherton
etching, published 1762
NPG D5494

King Henry VI, by James Bretherton - NPG D23757

King Henry VI

by James Bretherton
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23757

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate, by James Bretherton, after  Robert Cooper - NPG D26479

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by James Bretherton, after Robert Cooper
etching, late 18th century
NPG D26479

Thomas Allen, by James Bretherton - NPG D28020

Thomas Allen

by James Bretherton
etching, late 18th century
NPG D28020

Oliver Cromwell, by James Bretherton, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D28712

Oliver Cromwell

by James Bretherton, after Samuel Cooper
etching, late 18th century
NPG D28712

Jonas Hanway, by James Bretherton, after  Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron Bolton - NPG D3223

Jonas Hanway

by James Bretherton, after Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron Bolton
etching, circa 1770-1780
NPG D3223

Oliver Goldsmith, by James Bretherton, after  Henry William Bunbury - NPG D13797

Oliver Goldsmith

by James Bretherton, after Henry William Bunbury
etching, late 18th century
NPG D13797

Jonas Hanway, by James Bretherton, after  Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron Bolton - NPG D14795

Jonas Hanway

by James Bretherton, after Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron Bolton
etching, circa 1770-1780
NPG D14795

George Stubbs, by James Bretherton, after  Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron Bolton - NPG D32108

George Stubbs

by James Bretherton, after Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron Bolton
etching, 1773-1775
NPG D32108

Joseph Gulston, by James Watson, printed and published by  James Bretherton, after  Hugh Douglas Hamilton - NPG D35065

Joseph Gulston

by James Watson, printed and published by James Bretherton, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 April 1776
NPG D35065

John Hawkesworth, by James Watson, published by  James Bretherton, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D35615

John Hawkesworth

by James Watson, published by James Bretherton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1 April 1776 (1769-1772)
NPG D35615

Margaret Bingham (née Smith), Countess of Lucan, by James Watson, printed and published by  James Bretherton, after  Angelica Kauffmann - NPG D37477

Margaret Bingham (née Smith), Countess of Lucan

by James Watson, printed and published by James Bretherton, after Angelica Kauffmann
mezzotint, published 1 April 1776
NPG D37477

Margaret Bingham (née Smith), Countess of Lucan, by James Watson, printed and published by  James Bretherton, after  Angelica Kauffmann - NPG D37478

Margaret Bingham (née Smith), Countess of Lucan

by James Watson, printed and published by James Bretherton, after Angelica Kauffmann
mezzotint, published 1 April 1776
NPG D37478

Hon. Henry Hastings, by James Bretherton, after  Unknown artist - NPG D13257

Hon. Henry Hastings

by James Bretherton, after Unknown artist
etching, 1782
NPG D13257

Probably William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, by James Bretherton - NPG D45916

Probably William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne

by James Bretherton
etching, published 3 January 1783
NPG D45916

David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield, by James Sayers, published by  James Bretherton - NPG D45917

David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 14 July 1784
NPG D45917

Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, by James Sayers, published by  James Bretherton - NPG D6910

Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 14 July 1784
NPG D6910

Charles Wolfran Cornwall, by James Sayers, published by  James Bretherton - NPG D9691

Charles Wolfran Cornwall

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 14 July 1784
NPG D9691

'The mirror of patriotism' (Charles James Fox; Oliver Cromwell (in mirror)), by James Sayers, published by  James Bretherton - NPG D9749

'The mirror of patriotism' (Charles James Fox; Oliver Cromwell (in mirror))

by James Sayers, published by James Bretherton
etching, published 20 January 1784
NPG D9749

Related People

Place

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.