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William Bullock

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William Bullock, by Silvester (Sylvester) Harding; Thomas Johnson, late 18th century, based on a work of circa 1710 -NPG 2540 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Bullock

copy attributed to Silvester (Sylvester) Harding, after Thomas Johnson
late 18th century, based on a work of circa 1710
8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (203 mm x 165 mm)
NPG 2540

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An early 19th-century copy from a portrait engraved by Thomas Johnson c.1710 as Tho. Johnson fecit et advivum pinxt. (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 2). [1] No painting is known [2] and the print remains the only known likeness of Bullock.
A similar watercolour copy belongs to the Garrick Club. [3]

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1) The print is very rare; an example in the British Museum. Later derivations are a stipple engraving as bust-length oval (F. O’Donoghue & H. M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits in the … British Museum, 2) and a copy of it by Augustus Toedteberg (Harvard Theatre Collection; illus. P. H. Highfill, K. A. Burnim & E. A. Langhans, A Biographical Dictionary of Stage Personnel in London, 1661-1800, II, p 409).
2) Of the eight mezzotints by Johnson listed by Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, two others are letteredTho Johnson pinx[t] et fec[it], but no paintings by Johnson are recorded.
3) G. Ashton, ed. K. A. Burnim & A. Wilton, Pictures in the Garrick Club, 1997, no.99 as by Sylvester Harding.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 44.

Provenanceback to top

A. W. Holliday, from whom purchased 1932.


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, 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.

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