He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1777 and 1793. The first piece he showed was a Design for a Lunatic Asylum, but after that he showed mostly portraits. He won a silver medal in 1782.
In 1784 he exhibited some theatrical portraits and portrait groups. Francesco Bartolozzi made an engraving after his portrait of "Peter the Wild Boy" and in the same year C.H. Hodges engraved his portrait of the actor John Edwin.
He subsequently went to India and died at Calcutta on 25 December 1794. According to William Baillie, in a letter written the following year, he committed suicide, in despair at his financial situation.
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- Tillotson, Giles Henry Rupert (2000). The Artificial Empire: The Indian Landscapes of William Hodges. Routledge. p. 121. ISBN 9780700712823.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Alefounder, John". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Alefounder, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- John Alefounder 1757-1794, artist (Alefounder ancestors)
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