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Richard Bentley

(1794-1871), Printer and publisher

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 63 portraits
Richard Bentley's father Edward Bentley and his uncle John Nichols jointly owned the General Evening Post. After serving an apprenticeship with his uncle, Bentley initially set up a printing establishment with his older brother, antiquarian Samuel Bentley. In 1829, however, he went into partnership with publisher Henry Colburn. After several failures, they published the highly successful monthly Standard Novels series, which ran for over twenty years. Colburn retired in 1832 and Bentley continued the business on his own. In 1837, he launched Bentley's Miscellany, which, for the first three years of its existence, was edited by Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist was first published in monthly instalments in the pages of the Miscellany.

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Thomas Hill, by Joseph Brown, published by  Richard Bentley, after  John Linnell - NPG D3256

Thomas Hill

by Joseph Brown, published by Richard Bentley, after John Linnell
stipple engraving, published January 1841
NPG D3256

Marian Hastings (née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset), by William Greatbach, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Ozias Humphry - NPG D10994

Marian Hastings (née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset)

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Ozias Humphry
line engraving, published 1841
NPG D10994

Marian Hastings (née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset), by William Greatbach, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Ozias Humphry - NPG D14885

Marian Hastings (née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset)

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Ozias Humphry
line engraving, published 1841
NPG D14885

'Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the Princesses, his sisters', by John Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Thomas Charles Wageman, after  Philip Mercier - NPG D39141

'Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the Princesses, his sisters'

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Thomas Charles Wageman, after Philip Mercier
line engraving, published 1843 (1733?)
NPG D39141

Ethelreda (née Harrison), Viscountess Townshend, probably by Conrad Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Christian Friedrich Zincke - NPG D40071

Ethelreda (née Harrison), Viscountess Townshend

probably by Conrad Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Christian Friedrich Zincke
stipple and line engraving, published 1843
NPG D40071

John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent, by John Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D40015

John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
stipple engraving, published 1843
NPG D40015

John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent, by John Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey - NPG D40016

John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
stipple engraving, published 1843
NPG D40016

Joseph Shepherd Munden as Sir Francis Gripe, by John Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D38661

Joseph Shepherd Munden as Sir Francis Gripe

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple and line engraving, published 1844
NPG D38661

Beau Brummell, by John Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Unknown miniaturist - NPG D1124

Beau Brummell

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Unknown miniaturist
stipple and engraving, published 1844
NPG D1124

Beau Brummell, by John Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Unknown miniaturist - NPG D1125

Beau Brummell

by John Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Unknown miniaturist
line engraving, published 1844
NPG D1125

Thomas Simpson, by J. Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  George Pycock Green - NPG D8233

Thomas Simpson

by J. Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after George Pycock Green
stipple engraving, published 1845
NPG D8233

Sir William Sidney Smith, by G. and C. Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after a medallion by  Pierre-Jean David D'Angers - NPG D6795

Sir William Sidney Smith

by G. and C. Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after a medallion by Pierre-Jean David D'Angers
stipple and line engraving, published 1847 (1834)
NPG D6795

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, by G. Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Sir William Charles Ross - NPG D35410

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore

by G. Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Sir William Charles Ross
line engraving, published 1848
NPG D35410

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, by G. Cook, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Richard James Lane - NPG D14166

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

by G. Cook, published by Richard Bentley, after Richard James Lane
stipple engraving, published 1848
NPG D14166

Julia Pardoe, by Samuel Freeman, published by  Richard Bentley, after  John Lilley - NPG D9043

Julia Pardoe

by Samuel Freeman, published by Richard Bentley, after John Lilley
stipple engraving, published 1849
NPG D9043

Sir Austen Henry Layard, by Joseph Brown, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Henry Wyndham Phillips - NPG D37225

Sir Austen Henry Layard

by Joseph Brown, published by Richard Bentley, after Henry Wyndham Phillips
stipple engraving, published 1851
NPG D37225

Sir Austen Henry Layard, by Joseph Brown, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Henry Wyndham Phillips - NPG D4043

Sir Austen Henry Layard

by Joseph Brown, published by Richard Bentley, after Henry Wyndham Phillips
stipple engraving, published 1851
NPG D4043

John Law, by William Greatbach, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Leonard Schenk - NPG D12274

John Law

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Leonard Schenk
mixed-method engraving, published 1851
NPG D12274

Mary Berry, by William Greatbach, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway) - NPG D42590

Mary Berry

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)
mixed-method engraving and etching, published 1857
NPG D42590

Mary Berry, by William Greatbach, published by  Richard Bentley, after  Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway) - NPG D42591

Mary Berry

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)
mixed-method engraving and etching, published 1857
NPG D42591

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