Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dodd, Daniel

DODD, DANIEL (fl. 1760–1790), painter, was a member of the Free Society of Artists, and first appears as an exhibitor at Spring Gardens in 1761. He continued to contribute many works to the same exhibition up to 1780. He resided first at Old Ford, near Bow, but subsequently moved into London. His works were principally portraits in crayons on a small scale, and sometimes in oil. Among them may be mentioned a copy in crayons of ‘Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy,’ portraits of Mr. Darley, Mr. Fielding, Mrs. Rudd, and of Nathan Potts of the ‘Robin Hood’ Society (engraved in mezzotint by Butler Clowes). He also etched a few portraits, one being a portrait of Leveridge the actor, after Frye. Buckhorse the pugilist was a favourite subject of his; besides painting his portrait, he engraved it in mezzotint himself. He designed illustrations for Harrison's ‘Novelists,’ Raymond's ‘History of England,’ and similar publications. He also drew scenes of fashionable life, crowded with figures, with some success, such as ‘A View of the Ball at St. James's on Her Majesty's Birthnight’ (engraved by Tukey), ‘A View of the Exhibition of the Royal Academy at Somerset House’ (engraved by Angus), ‘The Royal Procession to St. Paul's,’ ‘The Exhibition of Copley's Picture of the Death of Lord Chatham at the Exhibition Room in Spring Gardens’ (engraved by Angus), &c. He had a son and a daughter, who were both artists, and exhibited with the Free Society of Artists in 1768 and the following years.

[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Graves's Dict. of Artists, 1760–1880; Catalogues of the Free Society of Artists; Bromley's Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits.]

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