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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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Thomas Wilson, by John Simon, after  Richard Phillips - NPG D4826

Thomas Wilson

by John Simon, after Richard Phillips
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4826

Thomas Wilson, by John Simon, after  Richard Phillips - NPG D4827

Thomas Wilson

by John Simon, after Richard Phillips
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4827

Thomas Wilson, by John Simon, after  Richard Phillips - NPG D4842

Thomas Wilson

by John Simon, after Richard Phillips
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D4842

Sir Constantine Phipps, after John Simon - NPG D5522

Sir Constantine Phipps

after John Simon
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D5522

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5719

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century (1702)
NPG D5719

Catherine Walpole (née Shorter), Lady Walpole, by John Simon, published by  Philip Overton, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D5726

Catherine Walpole (née Shorter), Lady Walpole

by John Simon, published by Philip Overton, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D5726

Ralph Battell, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D668

Ralph Battell

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D668

Simon Fraser, 11th Baron Lovat, by John Simon, after  Le Clerc (Clare) - NPG D18810

Simon Fraser, 11th Baron Lovat

by John Simon, after Le Clerc (Clare)
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D18810

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D18903

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D18903

Sir Isaac Newton, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir James Thornhill - NPG D19639

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by John Simon, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19639

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D19837

Sarah Churchill (née Jenyns (Jennings)), Duchess of Marlborough

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19837

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Charles D'Agar - NPG D19841

Mary Montagu (née Churchill), Duchess of Montagu

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Charles D'Agar
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19841

'A winter evening's conversation', by and published by John Simon - NPG D19847

'A winter evening's conversation'

by and published by John Simon
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19847

Sir Charles Wills, by John Simon, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D19943

Sir Charles Wills

by John Simon, published by Edward Cooper, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, published circa 1700-1725
NPG D19943

William North, 6th Baron North, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D20013

William North, 6th Baron North

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20013

Sir Robert Raymond, 1st Baron Raymond, by and sold by John Simon, after  James Maubert - NPG D20035

Sir Robert Raymond, 1st Baron Raymond

by and sold by John Simon, after James Maubert
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20035

Thomas Southerne, by and published by John Simon, after  James Worsdale - NPG D20138

Thomas Southerne

by and published by John Simon, after James Worsdale
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20138

Anne Oldfield, by John Simon, after  Jonathan Richardson - NPG D20164

Anne Oldfield

by John Simon, after Jonathan Richardson
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D20164

Sir Stephen Fox, by John Simon, published by  John Smith, after  John James Backer - NPG D37789

Sir Stephen Fox

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after John James Backer
mezzotint, 1701
NPG D37789

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