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date: 22 October 2019

Brown, Williamlocked

  • Christopher Marsden


Brown, William (1748–1825), gem-engraver, was trained in London, but of his origins and family circumstances nothing is known. He suffered an early set-back in his career when, aged fourteen, he competed for a Royal Society of Arts drawing prize but, with four others, was disqualified for cheating; he was consequently ruled ineligible when he tried for the premium for intaglio-engraving in 1763. Nevertheless, in 1766 he began exhibiting engraved gems annually, first at the ...

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Gentleman's Magazine
A. Graves, , 8 vols. (1905–6), repr. (1970), repr. (1972)
National Archives of the United Kingdom, Public Record Office, London
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