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William Herbert (1718–1795) by William Say, pubd 1809 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Herbert, William (1718–1795), bibliographer and printseller, was born on 29 November 1718, the second of five children of Thomas Herbert (c.1691–1721), a dyer and hosier of Gravel Lane, Southwark, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1748). His parents were Londoners and Presbyterians. What is known of his first thirty years derives from ...


Johnson, James (bap. 1753, d. 1811), engraver and publisher, was baptized on 6 May 1753 at Shorthope, Ettrick, Selkirkshire, the third of the four children of James Johnstan, herdsman, and his wife, Bessie Bleck. In spite of his humble rural beginnings, his native aptitude saw him successfully complete training as an engraver, and by 1786 he had become a burgess of ...