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James Northcote

(1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 23 portraits
Artist associated with 103 portraits
The history and portrait painter James Northcote was largely self-taught before he joined Sir Joshua Reynolds's studio as a pupil and assistant between 1771 and 1776. He came to consider himself an authority on his master and in 1813, after Reynolds' death, he published his posthumous Memoirs of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Northcote also advised his patron Sir John Fleming Leicester on the formation of his gallery of contemporary British art and painted grandiose scenes from Shakespeare for John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.

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James Northcote, by James Lonsdale, printed by  Engelmann & Co - NPG D38784

James Northcote

by James Lonsdale, printed by Engelmann & Co
lithograph, 9 July 1830
NPG D38784

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James Northcote

by Henry Kingsbury, after Prince Hoare
hand-coloured mezzotint, circa 1775-1798
NPG D18923

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James Northcote

by Henry Meyer, published by Henry Colburn, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 24 June 1813
NPG D14710

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