George Clint

English mezzotint engraver (1770 - 1854 ) and painter of miniatures, portraits and theatrical scenes

George Clint was the son of a London hairdresser. In his early years he worked in a variety of different professions including as a fishmonger, lawyer's clerk, house painter and bookseller. In his spare time he painted miniatures and portraits after popular engravings which were highly regarded.

Clint soon became acquainted with the publisher John Bell (1745 - 1831) and his nephew Edward Bell, an engraver who introduced Clint to the mezzotint technique. He became a talented mezzotint engraver, producing engravings after artists such as George Stubbs (1724 - 1806), Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851) and Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830).

As well as painting miniatures, Clint made drawings of machinery and philosophical apparatus. He also painted in oil and watercolour, specialising in theatrical scenes which he exhibited almost annually at London's Royal Academy between 1831 and 1845. These theatrical works were inspired by a hive of activity at his painting room in Gower Street, London, which was filled with the distinguished actors and actresses of the time. Clint wanted to captured the dramatic and energetic atmosphere.

He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1821 but resigned in 1836, having not been made a full member, and failing to gain recognition for a series of Shakespeare scenes he had produced. His son Alfred Clint (1807 - 1873) was also a painter.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Engraver
  • Nationality
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Holborn
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Kensington
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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