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John Spilsbury (1739-1769), Engraver and map and print seller

Artist associated with 6 portraits
John Spilsbury was the younger brother of portraitist Jonathan Spilsbury. He was apprenticed to Thomas Jefferys, engraver, cartographer, and map and print publisher, after which he established himself as a printer of children's educational books. In 1766, he produced the first jigsaw puzzle. His business sold prints, maps, and charts, as well as other books and stationery.

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Ann Bonfoy (née Eliot)

by Richard Purcell (Charles or Philip Corbutt), published by John Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1755 or after
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D2075

Colley Cibber

by Edward Fisher, printed for John Spilsbury, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
mezzotint, 1758 (1740)
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D19806

Anne Oldfield

by Edward Fisher, published by John Spilsbury, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, circa 1760-1785
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D3648

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
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Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
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Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
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