John Samuel Agar

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Self-portrait, ca. 1835, Pencil. Now at the National Portrait Gallery

John Samuel Agar (1773–1858), was an English portrait painter and engraver, who exhibited his works at the Royal Academy from 1796 to 1806[1] and at the British Institution until 1811. He did not exhibit again until 1836.[2] He had been declared bankrupt in February of the previous year.[3]

He was at one time president of the Society of Engravers. His engravings were chiefly in stipple.[1] They include works after Richard and Maria Cosway, and a series of allegories of the months after Edward Francis Burney, published by Rudolf Ackermann in 1807-9.[2] His illustrations for Richard Payne Knight's Specimens of Ancient Sculpture, Aegyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman: Selected from different collections in Great Britain (1809), have been described by Nicholas Penny as "the finest ever made of sculpture".[2]


  1. ^ a b Bryan
  2. ^ a b c "Drawing (Self-portrait of John Samuel Agar)". British Museum. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bankruptcies" (PDF). London Gazette. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Agar, John Samuel". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. 

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