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Alexander Browne

(active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 149 portraits
Alexander Browne was a significant figure in the late seventeenth century art scene in London. He was variously a 'practitioner of the art of limning', a drawing master (to Elizabeth Pepys from 1665, among others), an author of a drawing manual and treatise on art, an art auctioneer and dealer, a print publisher (especially of 'mezo tinto') and printseller. His shop at 'ye Blew Balcony' in Little Queen Street would have contained quantities of prints, books and artists materials. Browne published around 100 mezzotints, mainly after Sir Anthony van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely, and was granted in 1684 a privilege or Royal License for 'the sole printing and publishing' of his plates for fourteen years.

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Essex Finch (née Rich), Countess of Nottingham

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684
NPG D13120

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King James II when Duke of York

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684
NPG D18698

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Henrietta Maria

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1684 (1632)
NPG D19575

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Sir Frescheville Holles

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684 (circa 1672)
NPG D19850

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Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland

published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684
NPG D19858

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King James II

by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D19525

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King James II

by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D18743

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Mary of Modena

by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D19613

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King James II

by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
NPG D19668

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