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Henry William Pickersgill

(1782-1875), Portrait painter

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 108 portraits
Having worked initially in the silk trade, Henry Pickersgill enrolled at the Royal Academy schools in 1805 and began exhibiting there the following year. Pickersgill was for over sixty years a constant and prolific exhibitor at the Royal Academy, where nearly four hundred of his paintings were shown. He was elected an associate in 1822 and a royal academician in 1826. During his long career, he painted nearly all of the most celebrated people of his time. In 1856, Pickersgill became librarian of the Royal Academy, and held the post until his death.

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Sir Henry Wheatley, by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D37551

Sir Henry Wheatley

by Ferdinand Jean de la Ferté Joubert, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, after 1836
NPG D37551

Robert Brown, by Charles Fox, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D32220

Robert Brown

by Charles Fox, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1837
NPG D32220

Robert Brown, by Charles Fox, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D32221

Robert Brown

by Charles Fox, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1837
NPG D32221

John Samuel Murray, by Edward Francis Finden, published by  Charles Tilt, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D14423

John Samuel Murray

by Edward Francis Finden, published by Charles Tilt, after Henry William Pickersgill
stipple engraving, published 1837
NPG D14423

David Williams, by William James Ward, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D37078

David Williams

by William James Ward, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1838
NPG D37078

James Clitherow, by R.P. Barlow, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D33455

James Clitherow

by R.P. Barlow, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1839
NPG D33455

Sir John Conroy, by Henry Thomas Ryall, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D34078

Sir John Conroy

by Henry Thomas Ryall, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1840
NPG D34078

Edward Denison, by George Raphael Ward, published by  W. Thompson & Son, published by  Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D35017

Edward Denison

by George Raphael Ward, published by W. Thompson & Son, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 15 June 1840
NPG D35017

Thomas Drummond, by Henry Cousins, published by  Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D35399

Thomas Drummond

by Henry Cousins, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 20 June 1841
NPG D35399

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst, by George Thomas Payne, published by  Thomas McLean, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D38038

John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst

by George Thomas Payne, published by Thomas McLean, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1 July 1841
NPG D38038

William Thompson, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D7886

William Thompson

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, 1841 or after (1840)
NPG D7886

Sir William Lawrence, 1st Bt, by Edward Richard Whitfield, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D37209

Sir William Lawrence, 1st Bt

by Edward Richard Whitfield, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1842
NPG D37209

Sir William Lawrence, 1st Bt, by Edward Richard Whitfield, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D37210

Sir William Lawrence, 1st Bt

by Edward Richard Whitfield, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1842
NPG D37210

John Stock, by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D4319

John Stock

by Charles Edward Wagstaff, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1842
NPG D4319

Ralph Lyon, by and published by Charles Edward Wagstaff, printed by  Brooker & Harrison, published by  William Simon Penny, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D38045

Ralph Lyon

by and published by Charles Edward Wagstaff, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by William Simon Penny, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, mid-late 1840s
NPG D38045

John Narrien, by and published by Charles Edward Wagstaff, printed by  Brooker & Harrison, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D38473

John Narrien

by and published by Charles Edward Wagstaff, printed by Brooker & Harrison, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1 May 1843
NPG D38473

Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy, by Augustus Fox, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D31586

Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy

by Augustus Fox, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, (1845)
NPG D31586

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by J. Cook, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D16022

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

by J. Cook, after Henry William Pickersgill
stipple engraving, 1845 or after
NPG D16022

Sir Edmund Beckett-Denison, 4th Bt, probably after Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D35018

Sir Edmund Beckett-Denison, 4th Bt

probably after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, 1846
NPG D35018

Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry, by Edward Richard Whitfield, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D32263

Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry

by Edward Richard Whitfield, after Henry William Pickersgill
line engraving, published 1847
NPG D32263

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