J. Gainer, Engraver

(fl. 1772-1779)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was probably a native of Ireland. He was a pupil or assistant in London to John Dixon (q.v.), the mezzotint engraver. He is known only by two mezzotints: a "Portrait of the Right Hon. John Ponsonby, Speaker of the House of Commons," after George Gaven (q.v.), and a"Portrait of John Wesley." John Dixon had been commissioned to engrave the portrait of Ponsonby, but was prevented from doing so through illness; and he handed over the work to Gainer, he himself superintending his assistant's work. The plate is inscribed: "Engrav'd by J. Gainer, under the inspection of J. Dixon. It was published by Gaven in Dublin in 1772. The print of John Wesley was published in 1775; a later plate is dated 1779.

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