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James Roberts

(1753-in or after 1809), Portrait painter

Artist associated with 53 portraits
James Roberts was an artist who painted landscapes and worked as a miniaturist, but he was best known for his small whole-length portraits, chiefly of actors in character. Between 1775 and 1781, he produced more than sixty watercolours on vellum for the portrait plates in Bell's British Theatre. Roberts exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1773 to 1784, and again from 1795 to 1799; in the interval, he worked in Oxford as a drawing master.

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Mary Ann Yates as Lady Townley in 'The Provok'd Husband', after James Roberts - NPG D4952

Mary Ann Yates as Lady Townley in 'The Provok'd Husband'

after James Roberts
hand-coloured line engraving, 1770s
NPG D4952

Joseph Vernon as Thurio in 'The Two Gentleman of Verona', after James Roberts - NPG D7534

Joseph Vernon as Thurio in 'The Two Gentleman of Verona'

after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1776
NPG D7534

William Parsons as Periwinkle, by James Roberts - NPG D8434

William Parsons as Periwinkle

by James Roberts
line engraving, published 1776
NPG D8434

William Parsons as Periwinkle in 'A Bold Stroke for a Wife', by James Roberts - NPG D8436

William Parsons as Periwinkle in 'A Bold Stroke for a Wife'

by James Roberts
hand-coloured line engraving, published 1776
NPG D8436

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella'), by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8464

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella')

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1776
NPG D8464

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8941

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 16 July 1776
NPG D8941

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8942

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 16 July 1776
NPG D8942

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8943

Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
hand-coloured line engraving, published 16 July 1776
NPG D8943

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella'), by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8951

Mary Yates; Master Pullen (as Isabella and child in David Garrick's 'Isabella')

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 26 September 1776
NPG D8951

Ann Catley as Euphrosyne in Milton's 'Comus', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D2032

Ann Catley as Euphrosyne in Milton's 'Comus'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D2032

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse', after James Roberts - NPG D4953

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse'

after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D4953

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8676

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1 March 1777
NPG D8676

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8678

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 1 March 1777
NPG D8678

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8679

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Irene in Brown's 'Barbarossa'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 1 March 1777
NPG D8679

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Electra, by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8818

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Electra

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8818

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse', after James Roberts - NPG D8909

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse'

after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D8909

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