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John Simon

(1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver

Artist associated with 213 portraits
Born in France, John Simon trained in Paris as a line engraver before moving to London and working as a mezzotint engraver. Simon's work came to the attention of Sir Godfrey Kneller who, in about 1708-9 had argued with his principal engraver, John Smith. In the period before the dispute was settled, Simon obtained several of Kneller's commissions, which gained him a wider reputation. Simon was a prolific engraver, particularly noted for his portraits after Kneller and Dahl, but also after Gibson, Murray, Mercier and Seeman. His subjects represented all points of the political spectrum.

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Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D27381

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D27381

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D33306

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D33306

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan, by John Simon, after  Louis Laguerre - NPG D27525

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan

by John Simon, after Louis Laguerre
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D27525

Anne Oldfield, by John Simon, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D27620

Anne Oldfield

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D27620

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D38232

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (circa 1700-1725)
NPG D38232

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, published by  Thomas Bowles Jr, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D38884

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, published by Thomas Bowles Jr, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D38884

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D42075

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D42075

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan, by John Simon, after  Louis Laguerre - NPG D1191

William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan

by John Simon, after Louis Laguerre
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1191

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1223

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1223

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D1458

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1458

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D1459

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1459

Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D1460

Samuel Clarke

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D1460

Priscilla Cooper, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D2208

Priscilla Cooper

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2208

Priscilla Cooper, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D2209

Priscilla Cooper

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2209

Priscilla Cooper, by John Simon, after  Thomas Gibson - NPG D2210

Priscilla Cooper

by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2210

Frances Carteret (née Worsley), Lady Carteret, by John Simon, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D2481

Frances Carteret (née Worsley), Lady Carteret

by John Simon, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D2481

Sir George Rooke, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D4100

Sir George Rooke

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4100

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4492

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4492

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, by John Simon, sold by  Thomas Millward, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4493

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend

by John Simon, sold by Thomas Millward, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4493

Philip Wharton, Duke of Wharton, by John Simon, after  Charles Jervas - NPG D4760

Philip Wharton, Duke of Wharton

by John Simon, after Charles Jervas
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4760

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