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

By suppliers’ marks

Part 1, 1785-1831

Part 2, A to D

Part 3, Thomas Brown

Part 4, Robert and Charles Davy

Part 5, E to N

Part 6, O to Y

Part 7, Reeves & Sons

Part 8, Charles Roberson & Co

Part 9, George Rowney & Co


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