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John Simon

(1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver

Artist associated with 213 portraits
Born in France, John Simon trained in Paris as a line engraver before moving to London and working as a mezzotint engraver. Simon's work came to the attention of Sir Godfrey Kneller who, in about 1708-9 had argued with his principal engraver, John Smith. In the period before the dispute was settled, Simon obtained several of Kneller's commissions, which gained him a wider reputation. Simon was a prolific engraver, particularly noted for his portraits after Kneller and Dahl, but also after Gibson, Murray, Mercier and Seeman. His subjects represented all points of the political spectrum.

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Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, by John Simon, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D27272

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D27272

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, by John Simon, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D5236

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D5236

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, by John Simon, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D19704

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D19704

Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D15445

Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1685-1693
NPG D15445

Queen Mary II, by John Simon, after  Jan van der Vaart - NPG D7767

Queen Mary II

by John Simon, after Jan van der Vaart
mezzotint, circa 1690
NPG D7767

Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1773

Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1692 or after
NPG D1773

Ralph Battell, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D21510

Ralph Battell

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D21510

Queen Elizabeth I, by John Simon - NPG D25027

Queen Elizabeth I

by John Simon
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D25027

William Shakespeare, by John Simon, after  Gilbert Soest - NPG D27948

William Shakespeare

by John Simon, after Gilbert Soest
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D27948

Josiah Burchett, by John Simon, after  James Maubert - NPG D32395

Josiah Burchett

by John Simon, after James Maubert
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D32395

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D32565

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D32565

Frances Carteret (née Worsley), Lady Carteret, by John Simon, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D32715

Frances Carteret (née Worsley), Lady Carteret

by John Simon, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D32715

Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, probably by John Simon, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32658

Prince James Francis Edward Stuart

probably by John Simon, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D32658

Ralph Battell, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl, published by  Thomas Bakewell - NPG D31147

Ralph Battell

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl, published by Thomas Bakewell
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D31147

Thomas Coventry, 3rd Earl of Coventry, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31413

Thomas Coventry, 3rd Earl of Coventry

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D31413

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31415

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D31415

Prince Eugène of Savoy, by John Simon, after  David Richter I, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D31528

Prince Eugène of Savoy

by John Simon, after David Richter I, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D31528

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D27380

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D27380

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D27381

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D27381

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D33306

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D33306

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan, by John Simon, after  Louis Laguerre - NPG D27525

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan

by John Simon, after Louis Laguerre
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D27525

Anne Oldfield, by John Simon, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D27620

Anne Oldfield

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D27620

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D38232

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (circa 1700-1725)
NPG D38232

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, published by  Thomas Bowles Jr, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D38884

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D38884

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D42075

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D42075

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan, by John Simon, after  Louis Laguerre - NPG D1191

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan

by John Simon, after Louis Laguerre
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1191

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1223

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1223

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D1458

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1458

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D1459

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1459

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D1460

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1460

Priscilla Cooper, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D2208

Priscilla Cooper

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2208

Priscilla Cooper, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D2209

Priscilla Cooper

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2209

Priscilla Cooper, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D2210

Priscilla Cooper

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2210

Frances Carteret (née Worsley), Lady Carteret, by John Simon, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D2481

Frances Carteret (née Worsley), Lady Carteret

by John Simon, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2481

Sir George Rooke, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D4100

Sir George Rooke

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4100

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4492

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4492

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, by John Simon, sold by  Thomas Millward, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4493

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by John Simon, sold by Thomas Millward, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4493

Philip Wharton, Duke of Wharton, by John Simon, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D4760

Philip Wharton, Duke of Wharton

by John Simon, after Charles Jervas
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4760

Thomas Wilson, by John Simon, after  Richard Phillips - NPG D4826

Thomas Wilson

by John Simon, after Richard Phillips
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4826

Thomas Wilson, by John Simon, after  Richard Phillips - NPG D4827

Thomas Wilson

by John Simon, after Richard Phillips
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4827

Thomas Wilson, by John Simon, after  Richard Phillips - NPG D4842

Thomas Wilson

by John Simon, after Richard Phillips
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4842

Sir Constantine Phipps, after John Simon - NPG D5522

Sir Constantine Phipps

after John Simon
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D5522

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5719

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century (1702)
NPG D5719

Catherine Walpole (née Shorter), Lady Walpole, by John Simon, published by  Philip Overton, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D5726

Catherine Walpole (née Shorter), Lady Walpole

by John Simon, published by Philip Overton, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D5726

Ralph Battell, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D668

Ralph Battell

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D668

Simon Fraser, 11th Baron Lovat, by John Simon, after  Le Clerc (Clare) - NPG D18810

Simon Fraser, 11th Baron Lovat

by John Simon, after Le Clerc (Clare)
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D18810

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D18903

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D18903

Sir Isaac Newton, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir James Thornhill - NPG D19639

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by John Simon, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19639

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D19837

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19837

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D19841

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19841

'A winter evening's conversation', by and published by John Simon - NPG D19847

'A winter evening's conversation'

by and published by John Simon
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19847

Sir Charles Wills, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D19943

Sir Charles Wills

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, published circa 1700-1725
NPG D19943

William North, 6th Baron North, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D20013

William North, 6th Baron North

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20013

Sir Robert Raymond, 1st Baron Raymond, by and sold by John Simon, after  James Maubert - NPG D20035

Sir Robert Raymond, 1st Baron Raymond

by and sold by John Simon, after James Maubert
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20035

Thomas Southerne, by and published by John Simon, after  James Worsdale - NPG D20138

Thomas Southerne

by and published by John Simon, after James Worsdale
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20138

Anne Oldfield, by John Simon, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D20164

Anne Oldfield

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20164

Sir Stephen Fox, by John Simon, published by  John Smith, after  John James Backer - NPG D37789

Sir Stephen Fox

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after John James Backer
mezzotint, 1701
NPG D37789

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