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James Heath

(1757-1834), Engraver

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Artist associated with 79 portraits
James Heath was apprenticed in 1771 to the engraver Joseph Collyer the Younger, after which he was employed by the Robinson family of booksellers from 1779 to 1804. Between 1780 and 1788 Heath produced 100 prints for the publisher Harrison's Novelist's Magazine from designs by Thomas Stothard. He engraved some plates for John Boydell's Shakspeare Gallery, and in 1802 published on his own behalf a six-volume set of Shakespeare illustrated with engravings after works by Stothard and Henry Fuseli. In 1791 Heath was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, and in 1794 he was appointed historical engraver to George III, a title that he held under different monarchs until his retirement.

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Henry Holland, by James Heath, after  George Chinnery - NPG D35284

Henry Holland

by James Heath, after George Chinnery
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D35284

John Lloyd, by James Heath, after  Daniel Gardner - NPG D37381

John Lloyd

by James Heath, after Daniel Gardner
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D37381

Jane (née Morris), Lady Baker, by James Heath, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D7479

Jane (née Morris), Lady Baker

by James Heath, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, (1770)
NPG D7479

Augustus John Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, by James Heath, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D14000

Augustus John Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol

by James Heath, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1779 (1762)
NPG D14000

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, by James Heath, published by  J. Walker, after  Dodd - NPG D15644

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

by James Heath, published by J. Walker, after Dodd
line engraving, published 31 August 1782
NPG D15644

Mary Ann Yates in the Character of the Tragic Muse, by James Heath, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D8465

Mary Ann Yates in the Character of the Tragic Muse

by James Heath, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1783
NPG D8465

Mary Ann Yates in the Character of the Tragic Muse, by James Heath, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D8907

Mary Ann Yates in the Character of the Tragic Muse

by James Heath, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1783
NPG D8907

Mary Ann Yates in the Character of the Tragic Muse, by James Heath, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D8908

Mary Ann Yates in the Character of the Tragic Muse

by James Heath, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1783
NPG D8908

John Louis De Lolme, by James Heath, probably after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D11462

John Louis De Lolme

by James Heath, probably after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D11462

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel'), by James Heath, after  Biagio Rebecca - NPG D35301

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

by James Heath, after Biagio Rebecca
line engraving, published 26 May 1787
NPG D35301

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel'), by James Heath, after  Biagio Rebecca - NPG D3206

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

by James Heath, after Biagio Rebecca
line engraving, published 21 May 1787
NPG D3206

Henry Wilson, by James Heath, published by  George Nicol, after  John Russell - NPG D14234

Henry Wilson

by James Heath, published by George Nicol, after John Russell
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1788
NPG D14234

Richard Pennant, Baron Penrhyn, by James Heath, after  Henry Thomson - NPG D40146

Richard Pennant, Baron Penrhyn

by James Heath, after Henry Thomson
stipple engraving, (circa 1790)
NPG D40146

Dorothy Jordan as Hippolita in Cibber's 'She would and she would not', by James Heath, published by  William Lowndes, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D47418

Dorothy Jordan as Hippolita in Cibber's 'She would and she would not'

by James Heath, published by William Lowndes, after Thomas Stothard
hand-coloured line engraving, published 2 April 1790
NPG D47418

Percivall Pott, by James Heath, published by  Joseph Johnson, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D14238

Percivall Pott

by James Heath, published by Joseph Johnson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 10 March 1790 (1784)
NPG D14238

Thomas Tyrwhitt, by James Heath, after  Benjamin Wilson - NPG D14337

Thomas Tyrwhitt

by James Heath, after Benjamin Wilson
line engraving, published circa 1790-1800
NPG D14337

'The riot in Broad Street on the seventh of June 1780', by James Heath, published by  John Boydell, and published by  Josiah Boydell, after  Francis Wheatley - NPG D14680

'The riot in Broad Street on the seventh of June 1780'

by James Heath, published by John Boydell, and published by Josiah Boydell, after Francis Wheatley
line engraving, published 29 September 1790
NPG D14680

Mrs Milbank, by James Heath, after  Robert Smirke - NPG D14988

Mrs Milbank

by James Heath, after Robert Smirke
stipple and line engraving, 1790
NPG D14988

Samuel Johnson, by James Heath, published by  Charles Dilly, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D34873

Samuel Johnson

by James Heath, published by Charles Dilly, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 10 April 1791 (1756-1757)
NPG D34873

Hon. Edward Willes, by James Heath, published by  W. Scott, and published by  Edmund Scott, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D37072

Hon. Edward Willes

by James Heath, published by W. Scott, and published by Edmund Scott, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 11 March 1792
NPG D37072

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