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L. H. Cust

revised by Anne Crookshank

Grogan, Nathaniel (1739/40–1807), painter and etcher, was born in Cork, the son of a wood-turner and block maker to whom he was initially apprenticed. As an artist he was encouraged by John Butts (who also helped the painter James Barry) but was largely self-taught through copying engravings after Dutch masters. A surviving drawing after ...

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Haig, Axel Herman (1835–1921), etcher and architectural draughtsman, was born at Katthammarsvik, on the Swedish island of Gotland, on 10 November 1835, the son of Axel Hägg (1804–1872), a local landowner and timber merchant, and his wife, Anna Margreta Lindström (1807–1891). From 1850 he studied shipbuilding in the government dockyard at ...

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Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677) self-portrait, 1647 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hollar, Wenceslaus (1607–1677), etcher, was born in Clothmakers' Street, Prague, Bohemia, on 23 July 1607, the eldest of the three sons of Jan Hollar (d. 1630), an official of the land registry in Prague, and his wife, Marketa (d. c.1613)...

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Philip Mercier (1691–1760) by John Faber junior, 1735 (after self-portrait) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mercier, Philip [formerly Philippe] (1691–1760), painter and etcher, was born in Berlin, the son of Philippe Mercier, a Huguenot tapestry weaver at the royal factory in that city. ‘Reicrem’ (his surname in reverse) was sometimes used as a signature on his paintings. He studied in ...

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H. M. Hake

revised by Joanna Desmond

Sherborn, Charles William (1831–1912), etcher and engraver, was born on 14 June 1831 at 43 Leicester Square, London, the eldest son of Charles Sherborn (b. 1796), an upholsterer, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of Richard Bance, of Newbury. He was educated first at a local school and then at ...

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Somer, Paul van (fl. 1670–1694), etcher and engraver, was a Frenchman, presumably of Dutch ancestry, who settled in London about 1675. Nothing is known about his origins and training, and he first appears in Paris between 1670 and 1674 making etchings of religious subjects and portraits. A plate of ...