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James Roberts

(1753-in or after 1809), Portrait painter

Artist associated with 53 portraits
James Roberts was an artist who painted landscapes and worked as a miniaturist, but he was best known for his small whole-length portraits, chiefly of actors in character. Between 1775 and 1781, he produced more than sixty watercolours on vellum for the portrait plates in Bell's British Theatre. Roberts exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1773 to 1784, and again from 1795 to 1799; in the interval, he worked in Oxford as a drawing master.

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Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse', after James Roberts - NPG D8910

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse'

after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D8910

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse', after James Roberts - NPG D8911

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse'

after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D8911

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse', after James Roberts - NPG D8912

Mary Ann Yates as Berinthia in Vanbrugh's 'The Relapse'

after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1777
NPG D8912

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire), by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8944

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire)

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8944

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire), by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8945

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire)

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8945

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire), by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8946

Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Thomas Francklin's 'Orestes' (after Voltaire)

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 6 October 1777
NPG D8946

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D4954

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
coloured line engraving, published 1778
NPG D4954

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8665

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8665

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8666

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8666

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8667

Priscilla Kemble (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Miss Notable in Cibber's 'The Lady's Last Stake'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8667

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Arethusa in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'Philaster', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8673

Elizabeth Sharp (née Hopkins) when Miss Hopkins; as Arethusa in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'Philaster'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published 1778
NPG D8673

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8930

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published January 1778
NPG D8930

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts - NPG D8931

Mary Ann Yates as Virginia in Crisp's 'Virginia'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
line engraving, published January 1778
NPG D8931

Jenny Barsanti (Jane Barsanti), by Charles Grignion, published by  Joseph Wenman, after  James Roberts - NPG D13969

Jenny Barsanti (Jane Barsanti)

by Charles Grignion, published by Joseph Wenman, after James Roberts
etching, published 1 June 1778
NPG D13969

James Sadler, by Edmund Scott, after  James Roberts - NPG D5877

James Sadler

by Edmund Scott, after James Roberts
stipple engraving, published 1785
NPG D5877

'Marlborough Theatricals' (Charlotte Nares (née Spencer); Lord Charles Spencer), by and published by John Jones, published by and after  James Roberts - NPG D42017

'Marlborough Theatricals' (Charlotte Nares (née Spencer); Lord Charles Spencer)

by and published by John Jones, published by and after James Roberts
mezzotint, published 8 December 1788
NPG D42017

'Marlborough Theatricals', by and published by John Jones, published by and after  James Roberts - NPG D14918

'Marlborough Theatricals'

by and published by John Jones, published by and after James Roberts
mezzotint, published 8 December 1788
NPG D14918

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