John Bell(1745-1831), Publisher
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Artist associated with 88 portraits
John Bell, publisher and bookseller, was a major figure in the London printing and book trade for much of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Beginning in 1777, he issued the 109 volumes of The Poets of Great Britain complete from Chaucer to Churchill series. He influenced later publishing practice by introducing illustrations into his books that were not only prepared by competent artists but also related to the text. In addition, he founded a weekly newspaper, a monthly illustrated magazine, and various other periodicals.