Artists, their materials and suppliers

This website feature arises out of the interest shown in the directory, British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950.

Contributions are welcome on artists, their materials and suppliers, with a focus on historical rather than purely technical studies. Contact Jacob Simon, National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H 0HE or e-mail to

British artists’ suppliers, 1650-1950

By artist
Thomas Lawrence’s studios and studio practice
John Singer Sargent’s suppliers of artists’ materials
By period
Tudor Artists or Artisans? Native practices, methods, materials and the context of craft production

By materials
Standard British canvas sizes
The artist's porte-crayon

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Alexander Browne
by Arnold de Jode, after Jacob Huysmans
published 1669
NPG D1121