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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Baskerville (1706-1775), Printer and type-designer

A list of portraits appears in R. Straus and R. K. Dent, John Baskerville, 1907. It is not always accurate, the Ruston portrait for example, and not Raven's copy, being given as the source of the engraving by Lee and Craig. [1] Apart from the Millar which is believed to be the only surviving type, there is a portrait said to be signed Alex 1753 [2] which belonged to Major Campbell of Berry Hall, Solihull, who bought it from the estate of G. Booth of Olton. According to Bennett, nothing is known either of its authenticity or its painter. A bust is lost, Baskerville and his wife having sat in 1764 to an unidentified bust-maker from Stratford-on-Avon. [3]

1) T. C. Hansard, Typographia, 1825, pp xii-xiii.
2) R. Straus and R. K. Dent, John Baskerville, 1907, p 139; W. Bennett, John Baskerville, 1939, II, p 119 gives the date 1751.
3) Mentioned by Shenstone, letter to Lady Luxborough, quoted W. Bennett, John Baskerville, 1939, II, p 119.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.