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Katharine Read

(1723-1778), Portrait painter

Artist associated with 41 portraits
From an aristocratic family in Dundee. In 1745, she went to Paris to study crayon painting under Maurice-Quentin de La Tour. She moved to Rome in 1751, where she established a portraiture clientele from the Italian aristocracy and the transient British expatriate community in Rome on the grand tour. Read returned to Britain and set up her studio in London in 1753, establishing a reputation as one of the most fashionable portrait painters in crayon, which she sustained for over twenty years. In 1777 Read, accompanied by her niece Helena Beatson, travelled to India in the hope of establishing a practice for herself in Madras. The following year she set sail for the Cape; she died en route and was buried at sea.

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Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), by James Wilson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3396

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

by James Wilson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3396

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), published by John Bowles, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3397

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

published by John Bowles, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3397

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), published by John Bowles, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3398

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

published by John Bowles, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3398

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), published by John Bowles, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3399

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

published by John Bowles, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3399

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones), published by John Bowles, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3400

Polly Kennedy (Polly Jones)

published by John Bowles, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, 1770s
NPG D3400

Lady Helena Oakeley (née Beatson), by Elizabeth Judkins, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Katharine Read - NPG D3710

Lady Helena Oakeley (née Beatson)

by Elizabeth Judkins, printed for Robert Sayer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1 July 1770
NPG D3710

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, by John Finlayson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D7115

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon

by John Finlayson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D7115

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, by John Finlayson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D7116

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon

by John Finlayson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D7116

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, by John Finlayson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D7117

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon

by John Finlayson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D7117

Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry, by John Finlayson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D34185

Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry

by John Finlayson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 15 May 1771
NPG D34185

Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry, by John Finlayson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D34186

Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry

by John Finlayson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 15 May 1771
NPG D34186

Mary Sturt; Humphrey Ashley Sturt, by James Watson, after  Katharine Read - NPG D42111

Mary Sturt; Humphrey Ashley Sturt

by James Watson, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D42111

Mary Sturt; Humphrey Ashley Sturt, by James Watson, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Katharine Read - NPG D42112

Mary Sturt; Humphrey Ashley Sturt

by James Watson, printed for Robert Sayer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 20 June 1771
NPG D42112

Mary Sturt; Humphrey Ashley Sturt, by James Watson, printed for  Robert Sayer, after  Katharine Read - NPG D42113

Mary Sturt; Humphrey Ashley Sturt

by James Watson, printed for Robert Sayer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 20 June 1771
NPG D42113

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon, by Robert Laurie, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Katharine Read - NPG D7118

Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon

by Robert Laurie, published by Robert Sayer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 25 February 1771
NPG D7118

Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke aged three years, by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Katharine Read - NPG D36255

Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke aged three years

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 17 February 1772
NPG D36255

Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke aged three years, by Valentine Green, published by  John Boydell, after  Katharine Read - NPG D36256

Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke aged three years

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 17 February 1772
NPG D36256

Lady Elizabeth Dormer (née Kerr); William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian when Lord Newbattle, by Valentine Green, published by  Robert Sayer, after  Katharine Read - NPG D5646

Lady Elizabeth Dormer (née Kerr); William Kerr, 6th Marquess of Lothian when Lord Newbattle

by Valentine Green, published by Robert Sayer, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D5646

Penelope Pitt (née Atkins), Lady Rivers, by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after  Katharine Read - NPG D4035

Penelope Pitt (née Atkins), Lady Rivers

by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Katharine Read
mezzotint
NPG D4035

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Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by John Spilsbury, after Katharine Read
mezzotint, published September 1764
NPG D20102

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