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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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Henry Compton

by John Simon, after J. Hargrave
mezzotint, (1710)
NPG D18751

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Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham

by and sold by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1710-1713)
NPG D19440

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Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton

by John Simon, published by Jacob Tonson I, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1710-1715)
NPG D19662

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Sir Richard Steele

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1712-1713 (1711)
NPG D19535

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Sir Samuel Garth

by John Simon, published by Jacob Tonson I, or published by Jacob Tonson II, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1715 (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D18758

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Sir John Vanbrugh

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1715
NPG D20308

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William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1717)
NPG D18764

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Matthew Prior

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, (1718)
NPG D3972

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James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1722
NPG D19055

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Henry Benedict Maria Clement Stuart, Cardinal York

by John Simon
mezzotint, circa 1725-1750
NPG D19519

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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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Matthew Prior

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, 1728 (1700)
NPG D4972

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Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

by John Simon, after William Hoare
mezzotint, (circa 1742)
NPG D19096

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