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John (John) Joshua Kirby
by John Dixon, sold by Ryland and Bryer, after Thomas Gainsborough Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, (circa 1764)
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (353 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (371 mm x 273 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- (John) Joshua Kirby (1716-1774), Artist and teacher of linear perspective; friend of Thomas Gainsborough. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- John Dixon (circa 1740-1811), Engraver. Artist associated with 47 portraits.
- Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist associated with 262 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Ryland and Bryer (active 1765-1772), Engravers and printsellers. Artist associated with 30 portraits.
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