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For other people named John Gilbert, see John Gilbert (disambiguation). Gilbert's Shylock After the Trial, an illustration to The Merchant of Venice. Sir John Gilbert (21 July 1817 – 5 October 1897) was an English artist, illustrator and engraver. Contents 1 Biography 2 Illustrated books 3 References 4 External links // Biography He was born in Blackheath, Surrey,[1] and taught himself to paint. Skilled in several media, he gained the nickname, "the Scott of painting". He was best-known for the illustrations and woodcuts he produced for the Illustrated London News. Distinguished Men of Science.[2] Use a cursor to see who is who.[3] Gilbert was initially apprenticed to a firm of estate agents, but taught himself art by copying prints. He was unable to enter the Royal Academy Schools, but mastered watercolour, oils, and other media. From 1836 he exhibited at the Society of British Artists, and at the RA from 1838. The art patron Thomas Sheepshanks and the artist William Mulready suggested that he learn wood engraving. Starting with Punch, he moved on to the Illustrated London News. He produced an impressive number of wood engravings for that publication and for The London Journal. He also produced very many illustrations for books, including nearly all the important English poets (including his illustrated Shakespeare with almost 750 drawings[4]). He became president of the Old Watercolour Society in 1871.[4] He exhibited some 400 pictures in watercolour and oil exhibited at the various societies. In 1872 he was knighted.[4] He became an RA in 1876, in the same year as Edward Poynter. The Gilbert-Garret Competition for Sketching Clubs was started in 1870 at St. Martins School of Art, and named after its first president, John Gilbert.[5] Gilbert is buried at Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries. Illustrated books William Shakespeare. Song and sonnets (London S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1862). References ^ Union List of Artist Names,, retrieved 2008-07-13  ^ Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8', John Gilbert engraved by George Zobel and William Walker, ref. NPG 1075a, National Portrait Gallery, London, accessed February 2010 ^ Smith, HM (May 1941). "Eminent men of science living in 1807-8". J. Chem. Educ 18 (5): 203.  ^ a b c Shakespeare Illustrated: The Artists: Sir John Gilbert,, retrieved 2008-07-13  ^ Art School Exhibitions External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: John Gilbert Phryne's list of paintings by Gilbert in accessible UK collections Gilbert biography with full text of obituary Persondata Name Gilbert, John Alternative names Short description Date of birth 21 July 1817 Place of birth Date of death 5 October 1897 Place of death