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John Brooks

(circa 1710-after 1756), Engraver and print publisher

Artist associated with 35 portraits
John Brooks was born in Dublin and entered the Dublin Goldsmith's Corporation as a line engraver in 1736. He moved to London in 1740 where he learnt the mezzotint technique, returning to Dublin the following year. In Dublin he established himself as a mezzotint engraver and publisher, and was one of the key figures in Irish engraving of the time. In 1742, he advertised a series of large mezzotint portraits of contemporary figures, including William III, after Godfrey Kneller, and the Duke of Devonshire, after James Worsdale, for publication by subscription. Brooks moved permanently to London in 1746, where he concentrated on the process of transfer printing, a technique he probably invented.

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Baron John Wainwright, by and published by John Brooks, after  James Latham - NPG D37970

Baron John Wainwright

by and published by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint, published 12 May 1742
NPG D37970

Hugh Boulter, by John Brooks, after  Francis Bindon - NPG D183

Hugh Boulter

by John Brooks, after Francis Bindon
mezzotint, 1742 or after
NPG D183

William Aldrich, by John Brooks, published by  Thomas Jefferys, published by  William Herbert, after  Anthony Lee - NPG D339

William Aldrich

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert, after Anthony Lee
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D339

William Aldrich, by John Brooks, published by  Thomas Jefferys, published by  William Herbert, after  Anthony Lee - NPG D340

William Aldrich

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert, after Anthony Lee
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D340

John Ligonier, 1st Earl Ligonier, by John Brooks, after  James Latham - NPG D37334

John Ligonier, 1st Earl Ligonier

by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint, published mid 1740s-mid 1750s
NPG D37334

Daniel MacKercher, by John Brooks, after  Justin Stevens - NPG D38100

Daniel MacKercher

by John Brooks, after Justin Stevens
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D38100

Thomas How, by John Brooks, published by  Thomas Jefferys, published by  William Herbert - NPG D3096

Thomas How

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint, 1745 or after
NPG D3096

Thomas How, by John Brooks, published by  Thomas Jefferys, published by  William Herbert - NPG D3097

Thomas How

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint, 1745 or after
NPG D3097

William Parsons, by John Brooks, published by  F. Chamberlayne, after  T. Jonson - NPG D39557

William Parsons

by John Brooks, published by F. Chamberlayne, after T. Jonson
etching, published 26 January 1750
NPG D39557

Lady Helena Rawdon (née Perceval), by John Brooks, after  James Latham - NPG D3993

Lady Helena Rawdon (née Perceval)

by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint
NPG D3993

Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon, by John Brooks, published by  Thomas Jefferys, published by  William Herbert - NPG D4206

Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint
NPG D4206

Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon, by John Brooks, published by  Thomas Jefferys, published by  William Herbert - NPG D5946

Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert
mezzotint
NPG D5946

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George Berkeley

by John Brooks, after James Latham
mezzotint, circa 1730-1756
NPG D19962

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Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon

by John Brooks
mezzotint
NPG D5947

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Henry Boyle, 1st Earl of Shannon

by John Brooks
mezzotint
NPG D5948

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