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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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Sir Stephen Fox, by John Simon, published by  John Smith, after  John James Backer - NPG D19091

Sir Stephen Fox

by John Simon, published by John Smith, after John James Backer
mezzotint, 1701
NPG D19091

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30841

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1703)
NPG D30841

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30842

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1703)
NPG D30842

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater, by John Simon, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D27383

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater

by John Simon, sold by Edward Cooper, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1703 or after
NPG D27383

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D4262

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1703)
NPG D4262

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater, by John Simon, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D807

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater

by John Simon, sold by Edward Cooper, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1703 or after
NPG D807

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater, by John Simon, printed and sold by  Philip Overton, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D808

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater

by John Simon, printed and sold by Philip Overton, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1703 or after
NPG D808

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater, by John Simon, printed and sold by  Philip Overton, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D809

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater

by John Simon, printed and sold by Philip Overton, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1703 or after
NPG D809

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater, by John Simon, printed and sold by  Robert Sayer, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D810

Elizabeth Egerton (née Churchill), Countess of Bridgewater

by John Simon, printed and sold by Robert Sayer, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, 1703 or after
NPG D810

Thomas Britton, by John Simon, after  John Wollaston - NPG D817

Thomas Britton

by John Simon, after John Wollaston
mezzotint, (1703)
NPG D817

Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, 1st Earl of Galway, by John Simon, after  P. de Graves, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D31117

Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, 1st Earl of Galway

by John Simon, after P. de Graves, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, 1704 or after
NPG D31117

Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, 1st Earl of Galway, by John Simon, after  P. de Graves - NPG D2412

Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, 1st Earl of Galway

by John Simon, after P. de Graves
mezzotint, 1704 or after
NPG D2412

Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, 1st Earl of Galway, by John Simon, after  P. de Graves - NPG D2413

Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, 1st Earl of Galway

by John Simon, after P. de Graves
mezzotint, 1704 or after
NPG D2413

John Locke, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D3605

John Locke

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1704)
NPG D3605

Sir John Vanbrugh, by John Simon, published by  Jacob Tonson I, or  Jacob Tonson II, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D14566

Sir John Vanbrugh

by John Simon, published by Jacob Tonson I, or Jacob Tonson II, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1704-1710)
NPG D14566

John Cutts, Baron Cutts, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31204

John Cutts, Baron Cutts

by and published by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D31204

John Cutts, Baron Cutts, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D1614

John Cutts, Baron Cutts

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D1614

Sir Samuel Garth, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D2749

Sir Samuel Garth

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (circa 1705-1710)
NPG D2749

Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5514

Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1705)
NPG D5514

Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland, by John Simon, after  Michael Dahl - NPG D7783

Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland

by John Simon, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, (circa 1705)
NPG D7783

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