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George Vertue

(1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 864 portraits
Antiquary and engraver, who for many years 'wrote down everything he saw, heard or read' in some forty notebooks now in the British Library. Used by Horace Walpole in 1762 as the basis for his Anecdotes of Painting, they remain one of the prime sources for the history of art in England.

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Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter, by George Vertue, after  Unknown artist - NPG D30765

Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter

by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D30765

William Sancroft, by George Vertue, after  David Loggan - NPG D30875

William Sancroft

by George Vertue, after David Loggan
stipple and line engraving, circa 1700-1750
NPG D30875

John Tillotson, by George Vertue, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31129

John Tillotson

by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D31129

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31511

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31511

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31513

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31513

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31514

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31514

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D31515

Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31515

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by George Vertue - NPG D31543

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31543

David Bruce, by George Vertue, after  Pierre Berchet - NPG D31556

David Bruce

by George Vertue, after Pierre Berchet
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D31556

Richard Bentley, by George Vertue, after  Sir James Thornhill - NPG D27458

Richard Bentley

by George Vertue, after Sir James Thornhill
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27458

Daniel Turner, by George Vertue, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D27560

Daniel Turner

by George Vertue, after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27560

Daniel Turner, by George Vertue, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D27561

Daniel Turner

by George Vertue, after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27561

Daniel Turner, by George Vertue, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D27562

Daniel Turner

by George Vertue, after Jonathan Richardson
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27562

Samuel Parker, by George Vertue - NPG D27590

Samuel Parker

by George Vertue
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27590

Richard Graves, by George Vertue - NPG D27599

Richard Graves

by George Vertue
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27599

Richard Graves, by George Vertue - NPG D27600

Richard Graves

by George Vertue
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D27600

James Puckle, by George Vertue, after  John Closterman - NPG D27611

James Puckle

by George Vertue, after John Closterman
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27611

Eliza Haywood (née Fowler), by George Vertue, after  James Parmentier - NPG D13931

Eliza Haywood (née Fowler)

by George Vertue, after James Parmentier
line engraving, circa 1700-1725
NPG D13931

Gilbert Sheldon, by George Vertue, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D16924

Gilbert Sheldon

by George Vertue, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, early-mid 18th century
NPG D16924

William Sancroft, by George Vertue, after  David Loggan - NPG D20999

William Sancroft

by George Vertue, after David Loggan
stipple and line engraving, circa 1700-1750
NPG D20999

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