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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Jefferys (1751-1784), History painter

Historical painter, son of the painter William Jefferys of Maidstone; apprenticed to the engraver William Woollett; RA schools 1772; exhibited Society of Artists, London, between 1771 and 1774 and RA 1774-75 and 1783; in Italy 1775-78 on a three-year travelling scholarship from the Society of Dilettanti and may have stayed until 1781, when he is next recorded in England.

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.