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Angier [Angiers], Paul (1723–1757), engraver and printseller, was born on 27 November 1723 and baptized in Southwark, London, on 3 December, the son of William Angier (d. 1729), a draper of Cheapside, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1739 he was apprenticed to the engraver and printseller ...

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Bickham, George (c. 1704–1771), engraver and printseller, the son of the engraver George Bickham (1683/4–1758) and his wife, Elizabeth, was probably born about 1704 in London. He trained as an engraver and became one of the most vibrant, energetic, and enigmatic figures in the ...

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John Boydell (1720–1804) by Sir William Beechey, 1801 Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London

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Boydell, John (1720–1804), engraver and printseller, the eldest of the seven children of Josiah Boydell (1691–1757?), surveyor and land steward, and his wife, Mary (1693/4–1777), was born at Dorrington in Shropshire on 19 January 1720. Like other men of his day he was disinclined to lose a year of his life to the change in calendar, and so always gave the year of his birth in old style, as 1719....

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Bretherton, James (c. 1730–1806), engraver and printseller, may have been born about 1730 and must have married his wife, Sarah (fl. 1762–1773), by about 1755, since his son Charles (d. 1783) was signing prints in 1770. Nothing is known of his early life. He was settled in ...

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Bryer, Henry (d. in or before 1782), engraver and printseller, was apprenticed to the engraver and stationer Edward Ryland, for the premium of £50, in 1758. Apart from the Society of Arts' premium, for etching and engraving, which Bryer won in 1762, 1763, and 1764, little is known of the early stages of his career. We can assume that he completed his training about 1765 as it was in that year that he went into business with his master's son, ...

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Dickinson, William (1746/7?–1823), engraver and printseller, is said to have been born in London; he might possibly have been the son of Joseph and Grace Dickinson, baptized at St Mary, Whitechapel, Stepney, on 6 May 1747. It is not known who taught ...

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Du Bosc, Claude (b. 1682, d. in or after 1746), engraver and printseller, was born in France. His earliest prints were published in Paris by Gaspard Duchange; those for Duchange's Recueil de cent estampes représentant différentes nations du Levant (1714) are dated 1712 or 1713. ...

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Fourdrinier, Paul (1698–1758), engraver and printseller, was born in Groningen in the Netherlands, the son of Jacques Fourdrinier and his wife, Jeanne Theroude, Huguenot refugees from Dieppe, Normandy. In the Dictionary of National Biography his works and career were assigned to two individuals, ...

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Goldar, John (1729–1795), engraver and printseller, was born at Oxford. He must have been trained as a line engraver but also employed stipple late in life. During the 1760s he engraved at least fourteen humorous paintings by John Collet, an artist dubbed ‘the second Hogarth’...

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Graves family (per. c. 1812–1892), engravers, printsellers, and writers on art, came to prominence with Robert Graves (1798–1873), line engraver, who was born in Tottenham Court Road, London, on 7 May 1798 (some secondary sources give the month of his birth as November). His family originated from ...

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Humphrey, William (b. 1742?, d. in or before 1814), engraver and printseller, was probably the child, born on 7 October 1742, baptized on 17 October at the chapel of St George, Mayfair, the son of William Humphries and his wife, Sarah. In 1764 his family ran a shop selling seashells, a business developed by his elder brother ...

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Laurie, Robert (1755?–1836), mezzotint engraver and printseller, was probably born in 1755, into a family originating from Dumfriesshire. He was apprenticed to Robert Sayer (1724–1794), a publisher of prints, maps, and charts, at the sign of the Golden Buck, 53 Fleet Street...

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Le Davis, Edward (fl. 1671–1691), engraver and art dealer, was born in Wales and apprenticed as an engraver to David Loggan in London. George Vertue recorded information from a fellow engraver, John Sturt, that Loggan's wife:

would have him [Davis] follow her in a livery & other servile offices, which he refus'd to do, & ran away to ...

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Mosley, Charles (d. 1756), engraver and printseller, is first mentioned on a print, The Citadel of Plymouth, published on 25 July 1737. At the outset of his career he probably executed copies for printsellers: The Twelve Months, after Josef Wagner, were probably examples of such work. He continued to engrave frontispieces and illustrations for booksellers, including five after ...

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Okey, Samuel (b. 1741?, d. in or after 1780), mezzotint engraver and printseller, was the son of Samuel Okey (fl. 1721–1756), printseller, and his wife, probably called Mary Atterbury. He may have been the Samuel Okey baptized at St Stephen, Coleman Street, London...

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Pollard, Robert (1755/6–1839), engraver and printseller, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly the son of William Pollard who was baptized at St John's Church on 2 May 1757. He was articled to a watchmaker of that town. In 1771, when a great flood destroyed the ...

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Savage, John (fl. 1683–1701), engraver and printseller, was a minor figure whose career has yet to be properly studied. George Vertue, the eighteenth-century historian of English art, mentions him only once: 'I think Jo. Nutting who learnt of him said he was a Frenchman...