Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

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

Painter; b. Florence, he came to London with William Chambers and Joseph Wilton 1756; foundation member of the RA 1768, where he exhibited 1769-79; also exhibited Free Society of Artists, London, 1783; much employed as a decorative painter by Chambers and a close associate of Bartolozzi, who designed his monument (now untraced).

'As a man, he was very elegant in his manners, with most liberal sentiments, ever ready to assist those who solicited his instructions' (Edward Edwards, 1808).

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.