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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver

A summary is given in A. W. Tuer, Bartolozzi and his Works, 1882, I, p 5.

c.1762
Drawing by Angelica Kauffmann, half length. Victoria and Albert Museum (Vallardi sketchbook, E.443.1927). A. W. Tuer, Bartolozzi and his Works, 1882, I, p 5, listed ‘a fine portrait’ of Bartolozzi painted by Angelica Kauffmann, then with C. C. Fuller of London, later sold Robinson & Fisher, 15 October 1932, lot 32.

c.1770
Drawing by G. B. Cipriani, full length asleep in a chair. Royal Collection (A. P. Oppé, English Drawings, Stuart and Georgian periods, in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1950, no.125, pl.40).

1772
Painting by Johann Zoffany, The Academicians of the Royal Academy, See NPG 1437.

c.1773
Painting by Joshua Reynolds, half length wearing a fur-collared red coat. Saltram (D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 2000, I, no.126). Engraved R. S. Marcuard 1784 (oval); T. Watson 1785; J. G. Haid.

1777
Painting by J. F. Rigaud, with Agostino Carlini and G. B. Cipriani, see NPG 3186.

1778
Drawing called Bartolozzi, medallion bust. Christie’s, 12 November 1968, lot 12, where identified as from the Molteno sale, 6 June 1817, lot 44, and said to have been described by Mrs Esdaile an ‘original portrait of Bartolozzi by himself’, but this may be questioned. A similar profile drawing called George Dance, sold Sotheby’s, 11 July 1990, lot 33.

c.1785-90
Painting by John Opie, see NPG 222.

1789
Pastel by John Russell, half length. Private collection in 1894 (illus. G. C. Williamson, John Russell, 1894, f.p.32). Engraved S. Smith. Drawn at the request of Russell’s pupil P. W. Tomkins.

c.1790-95
Painting by L. F. Abbott, half-length seated, a burin in his right hand, an engraved plate on the table before him. Tate Gallery (T 1067).

1793
Drawing by George Dance, profile bust, dated 31 March 1793. Royal Academy (illus. Art Journal, 1890, p 109). Engraved W. Daniell 1809 (A Collection of Portraits sketched from the Life since the Year 1793 by George Dance Esqr. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A., 1814); tracing by Daniell in the Yale Center for British Art (B1977.14.4188) with, verso, a reversed image in pencil.

1795
Painting by Domenico Pellegrini, three-quarter length seated at table copying a painting from an easel. Venice, Accademia (illus. Le portrait en Italie, Petit Palais, Paris, 1982, no.39). Exhibited RA 1795 (196). A bust-length version was in a Milanese private collection in 1935. A related, crude, whole-length engraving by J. Romney 1817, is lettered G. M. Brighty del., and Drawn by Himself.

1795
Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy.

Miniature by Pierre Violet, exhibited RA 1795 (385). An undated pastel miniature by Violet in a Grangerised copy of A. W. Tuer, Bartolozzi and his Works, 1882, sold Christie’s, 16 April 1980, lot 161.

c.1795
Miniature by L-A. Arlaud, bust-length oval. With J. W. von Rehling Avistgaard 1912 (illus. Exposition de la Miniature à Bruxelles, 1912, pl.XVIII, no.82).

1797
Painting by James Green, exhibited RA 1797 (976).

Watercolour by Pierre Violet, half-length profile. Albertina, Vienna (illus. cat., Die Englische Schule, 1992, p 90). Engraved J. Bouilliard 1797.

c.1800
Drawing by Henry Edridge, three-quarter length seated, a snuff box in his hands. British Museum (1867.04.13.535). A second drawing by Edridge in the British Museum, bust-length to right, appears to show him older (1845.0818.5).

1802
Portrait by William Artaud, three-quarter length seated, a porte-crayon in his right hand, exhibited RA 1803 (497). Engraved Pastorini & P. W. Tomkins.

c.1802
Drawing by Giovanni Vendramini, bust-length oval, engraved E. Scriven 1832, the head comparing with that painted by Artaud in 1802. Vendramini was a pupil of Bartolozzi.

c.1810
Drawing, self portrait, whole length seated to left. Museu Nacional, Lisbon (illus. Album Cifka, Lisbon, 1948, no.36).

c.1813
Painting by Roberto Focosi, half-length seated, a glass in his left hand, a burin in his right, engraved by L. Rados 1813. The plate, published soon after Bartolozzi’s death, shows him with a dark wig looking much younger than his years.

Doubtful Portraits
Bartolozzi has been tentatively identified in J. H. Mortimer’s Caricature Group. Drawing attributed to J. K. Sherwin in the Royal Collection (A. P. Oppé, English Drawings, Stuart and Georgian periods, in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1950, no.588); caricature by Rowlandson (Yale Center for British Art, B1975.3.132; illus. P. Noon, English Portrait Drawings & Miniatures, 1979, p 71); a watercolour by Charles Ansell perhaps includes Bartolozzi (British Museum, 1890.05.12.5); miniature by Violet exhibited RA 1804 (692) showed Bartolozzi’s son, Gaetano; unattributed wash drawing of c.1795-1800 (NPG reference collection D608).



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.