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Jonathan Spilsbury

(baptised 1737-1812), Printmaker and portrait painter

Artist associated with 52 portraits
Jonathan Spilsbury was the elder brother of printmaker John Spilsbury, and the brothers' careers were closely connected. From 1750 to 1757, Spilsbury was apprenticed to his cousin George Spilsbury of Birmingham. He then moved to London where he established himself as a painter of portraits in oils, watercolour and chalk, and as a printmaker. Spilsbury worked chiefly in mezzotint but also used etching, dry point and stipple techniques. He exhibited three works at the Society of Artists between 1763 and 1771, and thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy between 1776 and 1784. From 1763 until 1769, he worked from his brother John's shop in Covent Garden; his brother frequently acted as his publisher.

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Mary Richards (née Moysey), by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D39731

Mary Richards (née Moysey)

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, 1768
NPG D39731

Samson Occom, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Mason Chamberlin - NPG D3711

Samson Occom

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Mason Chamberlin
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D3711

Mrs Richards, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D4026

Mrs Richards

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D4026

Elizabeth Kerr (née Fortescue), Marchioness of Lothian, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D37445

Elizabeth Kerr (née Fortescue), Marchioness of Lothian

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 10 April 1770 (circa 1769)
NPG D37445

Richard de Courcy, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Russell - NPG D1629

Richard de Courcy

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D1629

Richard de Courcy, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Russell - NPG D1630

Richard de Courcy

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D1630

Richard de Courcy, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Russell - NPG D1631

Richard de Courcy

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D1631

Thomas Gibbons, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Joseph Samuel Webster - NPG D2431

Thomas Gibbons

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Joseph Samuel Webster
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D2431

Benjamin West, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D4742

Benjamin West

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D4742

Thomas Ashton, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D556

Thomas Ashton

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1770 (1756)
NPG D556

Thomas Ashton, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D557

Thomas Ashton

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1770 (1756)
NPG D557

Thomas Gibbons, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Joseph Samuel Webster - NPG D5643

Thomas Gibbons

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Joseph Samuel Webster
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D5643

Torial Joss, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D3162

Torial Joss

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D3162

Torial Joss, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D3163

Torial Joss

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D3163

John Gambold, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  J. West, after  Abraham Louis Brandt - NPG D13265

John Gambold

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by J. West, after Abraham Louis Brandt
mezzotint, published 10 December 1771
NPG D13265

Andrew Kinsman, by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by  Carington Bowles, after  John Russell - NPG D3433

Andrew Kinsman

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by Carington Bowles, after John Russell
mezzotint, published 1 January 1772
NPG D3433

Jedidiah Buxton, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Benjamin Killingbeck - NPG D888

Jedidiah Buxton

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Benjamin Killingbeck
mezzotint, published 1773 or 1781
NPG D888

Thomas Bradbury, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Mary Grace - NPG D797

Thomas Bradbury

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Mary Grace
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D797

Robert Robinson, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Downman - NPG D39805

Robert Robinson

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Downman
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D39805

Robert Robinson, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  John Downman - NPG D4039

Robert Robinson

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after John Downman
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D4039

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