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Robert White

(1645-1703), Engraver

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 608 portraits
Robert White, draughtsman and engraver, was born in London and was apprenticed to David Loggan, whose position as the leading line engraver for the print trade he later inherited. His output was huge, and in fact has never been fully documented. White's principal activity was as a portrait engraver. He usually engraved these from his own drawings, made from life in black lead on vellum. The majority of his portraits were made on commission from publishers who used them as frontispieces for books. As well as frontispieces, he engraved book-plates, almanacs and architectural views. His son, George White, was also an engraver.

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Samuel Pepys

by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1690
NPG D19176

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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Robert White
line engraving, circa 1694
NPG D19557

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Joshua Barnes

by Robert White
line engraving, 1694
NPG D20431

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Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, 1st Bt

by Robert White, after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
line engraving, published 1696 (1629)
NPG D18800

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John Sharp

by Christian Fritzsch, published by F. Houttuyn, after Robert White
line engraving, published circa 1701
NPG D19364

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John Milton

by John Simon, sold by Thomas Bowles Sr, and sold by John Bowles, after Robert White
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D19747

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Sir Henry Pollexfen

by T. Berry, after Robert White
line engraving, published 1821
NPG D5540

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Sir Henry Pollexfen

by T. Berry, after Robert White
line engraving, published 1821
NPG D5541

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