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Bartolozzi Francesco



Francesco Bartolozzi

(September 25, 1725 - March 7, 1815) was an Italian engraver, whose most productive period was spent in London.

He was born in Florence. He was originally destined to follow the profession of his father, a gold- and silver-smith, but he manifested so much skill and taste in designing that he was placed under the supervision of two Florentine artists, including Ignazio Hugford and Giovanni Domenico Ferretti who instructed him in painting. After devoting three years to that art, he went to Venice and studied engraving. He particularly admired the work of Joseph Wagner[1]. His first productions in Venice were plates in the style of Marco Ricci, Zuccarelli, and others, while working for Wagner, which began to draw attention. He then moved for a short time to Rome, where he completed a set of engravings representing frescoes at Grottaferrata by Domenichino depicting the life of St Nilus. He soon returned to Venice and left for London in 1764.

For nearly forty years he lived in London. He produced an enormous number of engravings, including Clytie after Annibale Carracci, and of the Virgin and Child, after Carlo Dolci. A great proportion of them are from the works of Cipriani and Angelica Kauffmann. Bartolozzi also contributed a number of plates to Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery. He also drew sketches of his own in red chalk. Soon after arriving in London, he was appointed engraver to the king with a salary of £300 a year. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768, and in 1802 became the founding President of the short-lived Society of Engravers.

Bartolozzi achieved a technological breakthrough by inventing a new stipple technique of colored engraving, in which he successfully reproduced the famous colored portrait drawings of Holbein from the Royal collection in 1793.

In 1802, Bartolozzi accepted the post of director of the National Academy of Lisbon, the city where he died. His son Gaetano Stefano Bartolozzi, born in 1757, was also an engraver, and the father of Madame Vestris.


Bacchante ,   1786




The Celebrated Vincent Lunardi Esq. Accompanied by Two Friends in His Third Aerial Excursion, Taken from St. George's Fields, in London, 1784


John Colet, Dean of St. Paul's


Countess Spencer


Jane, Countess of Harrington and Her Children


Lady Smith and Her Children


Heads of Two Women


Miss Anne Bingham


Classical scene




Elizabeth Farren, Later Countess of Derby, after Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1792


Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


The Hours


Henry and Emma


Virgin with sleeping child and infant John


Four Putti


A young woman of Otaheite bringing a present


Bacchus, 1804


Procris and Cephalis, 1804


Vera, po Angelici Kauffmann


The cession of the district of Matavai in the island of Otaheite to Captain James Wilson for the use of the missionaries


The death of Captain Cook


A view of the inside of a house in the island of Ulietea, with the representation of a dance to the music of the country


A view of the Indians of Terra del Fuego in their hut


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