Robert Smirke(1753-1845), Painter and illustrator
Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 23 portraits
A painter of humorous and sentimental subjects, Robert Smirke became a student of the Royal Academy, London, at the age of nineteen. From 1786, he was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and was elected a full academician in 1792. During his career, Robert Smirke illustrated such classic novels as 'Don Quixote', the 'Arabian Nights', 'The Hunchback' and many scenes from both Shakespeare and the Bible. Smirke was commissioned by Boydell to produce designs illustrative of Shakespeare's comedies and history plays.
by William Bromley, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1793
by William Sharp, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1795
by James Neagle, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1796
by A. Smith, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
stipple engraving, published April 1799
by George Noble, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, 1800
by Joseph Thomson, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 1801
- Sir Robert Smirke (son)
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