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Richard Bentley (1794-1871), Printer and publisher

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 62 portraits
Richard Bentley's father Edward Bentley and his uncle John Nichols jointly owned the General Evening Post. After serving an apprenticeship with his uncle, Bentley initially set up a printing establishment with his older brother, antiquarian Samuel Bentley. In 1829, however, he went into partnership with publisher Henry Colburn. After several failures, they published the highly successful monthly Standard Novels series, which ran for over twenty years. Colburn retired in 1832 and Bentley continued the business on his own. In 1837, he launched Bentley's Miscellany, which, for the first three years of its existence, was edited by Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist was first published in monthly instalments in the pages of the Miscellany.

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x11964

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Samuel Alexander Walker, published by Richard Bentley
woodburytype on paper mount, 1864, published 1876
NPG x11964

D34634

Pryse Lockhart Gordon

by Henry Meyer, published by Henry Colburn, published by Richard Bentley
stipple engraving, published 1830
NPG D34634

D5409

Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope

by Robert Jacob Hamerton, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Richard Bentley
lithograph, 1830s?
NPG D5409

D4255

Sir John Sinclair, 1st Bt

by Thomas Hodgetts and Son, published by Henry Colburn, published by Richard Bentley, after Andrew Plimer
mezzotint, published 1831 (1792)
NPG D4255

D21525

Mary Stuart (née Wortley Montagu), Countess of Bute

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line and stipple engraving, published 1836 (1777-1779)
NPG D21525

D35954

Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line and stipple engraving, published 1836 (1783)
NPG D35954

D39413

Sir Thomas Troubridge, 1st Bt

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving and etching, published 1836
NPG D39413

D13845

Cuthbert Collingwood, Baron Collingwood

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after William Say
stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D13845

D14131

Mary Stuart (née Wortley Montagu), Countess of Bute

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line and stipple engraving, published 1836 (1777-1779)
NPG D14131

D16265

Unknown woman, called Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley
line and stipple engraving, published 1836
NPG D16265

D5227

Charles Mathews ('Studying four of his most celebrated Characters')

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after George Henry Harlow
line engraving, published 1838
NPG D5227

D2286

Edward Dubois

by William Ridley, published by Richard Bentley, after Charles Allingham
stipple engraving, published 1839
NPG D2286

D42589

Mary Berry

by William Greatbach, drawn by George Perfect Harding, published by Richard Bentley, after Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)
mixed-method engraving and etching, published 1840
NPG D42589

D42620

Sir Horace ('Horatio') Mann, 1st Bt

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after John Astley
line engraving, published 1840 (1752)
NPG D42620

D3256

Thomas Hill

by Joseph Brown, published by Richard Bentley, after John Linnell
stipple engraving, published January 1841
NPG D3256

D10994

Anna Maria Appolonia Hastings

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Ozias Humphry
line engraving, published 1841
NPG D10994

D39141

'Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the Princesses, his sisters'

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Thomas Charles Wageman, after Philip Mercier
line engraving, published 1843 (1733?)
NPG D39141

D38661

Joseph Shepherd Munden as Sir Francis Gripe

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple and line engraving, published 1844
NPG D38661

D1124

Beau Brummell

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Unknown miniaturist
line engraving, published 1844
NPG D1124

D1125

Beau Brummell

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Unknown miniaturist
line engraving, published 1844
NPG D1125

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