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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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Boydell, Josiah (1752–1817), artist and publisher, was born on 18 January 1752 at the Manor House, Hawarden, Flintshire, the fourth of nine children of Samuel Boydell (1727–1783), farmer, and his wife Ann, née Turner (1725–1764). Apprenticed in 1766 to his uncle, John Boydell...

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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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Brooks, John (b. c. 1710, d. after 1756), engraver and print publisher, was born in Dublin about 1710, and was admitted to the Dublin Goldsmiths' Corporation as a line engraver in 1736. His earliest known work is an engraved frontispiece to Odes and Satyrs of Horace...

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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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Samuel Buck (1696–1779) by Richard Houston, pubd 1774 (after Joseph Highmore) [Buck brothers [left to right]: and Nathaniel Buck (1724-1759)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buck, Samuel (1696–1779), topographical draughtsman, engraver, and print publisher, is usually said to have been born in Richmond, Yorkshire, though firm evidence of his birth place is lacking. Hauxwell, 4½ miles south of Richmond, has also been suggested. His father was living near ...

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Cardon, Anthony (1772–1813), engraver and print publisher, was born in Brussels on 15 May 1772, the son of Antoine Alexandre Joseph Cardon (1739–1822), a Flemish painter and engraver. He moved to London during the troubles in the Low Countries in 1792 and entered the ...

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Caulfield, James (1764–1826), author and printseller, was born in The Vineyard, Clerkenwell, on 11 February 1764, the son of a music engraver. He was brought up in Cambridge and educated by Christopher Sharpe, a print collector and amateur etcher who conveyed his passion to his pupil. In 1780 his father set ...

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Clowes, Butler (b. 1726/7, d. 1782), engraver and print seller, was apprenticed to two printmakers and engravers: Charles Gardner in 1744, and then Henry Copeland in 1749. He lived, and kept a print shop, in London at 18 Gutter Lane, Cheapside, from about 1760 until his death (his address has been recorded on prints by ...

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Butler Clowes (d. c. 1788) self-portrait, 1772 © Copyright The British Museum

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Cooke family (per. c. 1800–1865), engravers, artists, and publishers, came to prominence with William Bernard Cooke (1778–1855), who was born in Charles Street, Hatton Garden, London, the son of a German immigrant confectioner from Frankfurt am Main, Johann Bernhard Guck, who changed his name to ...

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Cooper, Edward (d. 1725), print seller, became the most distinguished print publisher of his generation and a leading figure in the art world. Nothing is known of his early life, but he first appeared as publisher of a portrait of Thomas Thynne in an advertisement in the ...