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John Brooks (circa 1710-after 1756), Engraver and print publisher

Artist associated with 35 portraits
John Brooks was born in Dublin and entered the Dublin Goldsmith's Corporation as a line engraver in 1736. He moved to London in 1740 where he learnt the mezzotint technique, returning to Dublin the following year. In Dublin he established himself as a mezzotint engraver and publisher, and was one of the key figures in Irish engraving of the time. In 1742, he advertised a series of large mezzotint portraits of contemporary figures, including William III, after Godfrey Kneller, and the Duke of Devonshire, after James Worsdale, for publication by subscription. Brooks moved permanently to London in 1746, where he concentrated on the process of transfer printing, a technique he probably invented.

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D33065

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

by John Brooks, after William Hoare
mezzotint, mid 18th century
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D33066

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

by John Brooks, after William Hoare
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D33066

D35158

William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire

by John Brooks, sold by Thomas Jefferys, and sold by William Herbert, after James Worsdale
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D35158

D35159

William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire

by John Brooks, sold by Thomas Jefferys, and sold by William Herbert, after James Worsdale
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D35159

D1216

Thomas Carter

by John Brooks, after Charles Jervas
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D1216

D3993

Lady Helena Rawdon (née Perceval)

by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint
NPG D3993

D4118

Sir William Rowley

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D4118

D4206

Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint
NPG D4206

D5661

Samuel Molyneux Madden

by and published by John Brooks, after Robert Hunter
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D5661

D5946

Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint
NPG D5946

D729

George Berkeley

by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint, circa 1730-1756
NPG D729

D32537

Cornelius O'Callaghan

by John Brooks
mezzotint, 1740 or after
NPG D32537

D37159

Humphry Butler, 1st Earl of Lanesborough when Viscount Lanesborough

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert, after C. Brown
mezzotint, circa 1740-1756
NPG D37159

D37347

William Lingen

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert, after Anthony Lee
mezzotint, 1740-1756
NPG D37347

D38138

Samuel Molyneux Madden

by John Brooks, sold by Thomas Jefferys, sold by William Herbert, after Robert Hunter
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D38138

D1083

John Bowes, Baron Bowes

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint, 1741 or after
NPG D1083

D4866

John Winstanley

published by John Brooks, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D4866

D4867

John Winstanley

published by John Brooks, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D4867

D5605

John Abernethy

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert, after James Latham
mezzotint, 1741
NPG D5605

D7141

John Abernethy

by and published by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint, published 1741
NPG D7141

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