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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), Painter and engraver

c.1760-65?
Unattributed drawing, bust length, inscribed J. B. Cipriani RA and with a reinforced inscription: The Father (a Painter) given me by his son. Christie’s, 18 March 1986, lot 13.

c.1765-70
Painting by J. H. Mortimer, Caricature Group.

c.1770
Drawing by Francesco Bartolozzi, whole-length seated, painting. Royal Collection (A. P. Oppé, English Drawings, Stuart and Georgian periods, in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1950, no.50; illus. Connoisseur, XCII, 1933, p 76). On the same sheet as Cipriani’s drawing of Bartolozzi asleep (A. P. Oppé, English Drawings, Stuart and Georgian periods, in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1950, no.125).

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

c.1775
Unfinished painting by Nathaniel Dance, half length, holding a porte-crayon. Royal Academy. Exhibited Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (521). Described as ‘an admirable likeness’ (Joseph Farington, Diary, 20 November 1816).

1777
Painting by J. F. Rigaud, with Bartolozzi and Carlini, see NPG 3186. In 1789 Earlom engraved a half-length oval, lettered after Rigaud, the head copied from this group, the rest perhaps invented.

1783 Drawing by Francesco Bartolozzi, bust-length profile, engraved 1788 and 1791 (pub. M. Bovi; illus. Art Journal, 1890, p 110).



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.