John Collet (Biographical details)

John Collet (painter/draughtsman; British; Male; c. 1725 - 1780)

Also known as

Collet, John; Collett, John


Painter of genre low-life subjects; b. London; d. London 1780; studied St. Martin's Lane Academy and was pupil of Lambert; exhibited FS 1761-80 and posthumously 1783; popularized by engravings by John Goldar; according to Alexander, Collet's output falls into three periods: in the late 1760s, a number of his designs were engraved by Goldar and others for Thomas Bradford of Fleet Street; 1768-73, prints after his work were jointly published by Robert Sayer and John Smith, and from 1774-76 by Sayer and Bennett; 1777-81, mezzotints after his designs published by Carington Bowles.


David Alexander, "Prints after John Collet: their publishing history and a chronological checklist", Eighteenth-Century Life (pub. College of William and Mary), XXVI.1, Winter 2002, pp.136-146 (offprint in BM)