Samuel De Wilde(baptised 1751-1832), Portrait painter
Artist associated with 60 portraits
De Wilde studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1769. He became well known for his theatrical portraits, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1792 until 1821. His career in theatrical portraiture began when he was employed by John Bell as portraitist for his publication British Theatre, a series that ran from 1791 until 1795. De Wilde provided ninety-three pictures for the series, by which time his reputation had been established. Many actors and actresses came to sit to him and his theatrical portraits adorned numerous publications, including the Monthly Mirror, John Cawthorn's Minor British Theatre and William Oxberry's New English Drama.
by Samuel De Wilde, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
watercolour, late 18th-early 19th century (circa 1762)
probably by Samuel De Wilde
by Jean Condé, printed for John Bell, after Samuel De Wilde
stipple engraving, published 16 June 1791
by Edward Bell, after Samuel De Wilde
mezzotint, published 1794
by John Raphael Smith, after Samuel De Wilde
mezzotint, published 1796
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