The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

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.

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

Jedidiah Buxton, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  Benjamin Killingbeck - NPG D32509

Jedidiah Buxton

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after Benjamin Killingbeck
mezzotint, published 1781
NPG D32509

Benjamin La Trobe, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  R. Spilsbury - NPG D3525

Benjamin La Trobe

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after R. Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1 February 1781
NPG D3525

Benjamin La Trobe, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  R. Spilsbury - NPG D3526

Benjamin La Trobe

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after R. Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1 February 1781
NPG D3526

Benjamin La Trobe, by Jonathan Spilsbury, after  R. Spilsbury - NPG D3527

Benjamin La Trobe

by Jonathan Spilsbury, after R. Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1 February 1781
NPG D3527

John William Fletcher, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D36982

John William Fletcher

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1786
NPG D36982

John William Fletcher, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D1971

John William Fletcher

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1786
NPG D1971

Charles Wesley, by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D8226

Charles Wesley

by Jonathan Spilsbury
stipple engraving, published 1786
NPG D8226

Mary Fletcher (née Bosanquet), by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D36987

Mary Fletcher (née Bosanquet)

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1812
NPG D36987

Mary Fletcher (née Bosanquet), by Jonathan Spilsbury - NPG D1921

Mary Fletcher (née Bosanquet)

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, published 1812
NPG D1921

Web image not currently available

John Bunyan

by Jonathan Spilsbury, published by Thomas Kitchin, after Thomas Sadler
mezzotint, (1685)
NPG D19009

Web image not currently available

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

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

Web image not currently available

Benjamin West

by Jonathan Spilsbury
mezzotint, circa 1776-1807
NPG D19848

Category

Place

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.