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Landells, Ebenezer (1808–1860), wood-engraver, illustrator, and magazine proprietor, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 13 April 1808 and was baptized there on 15 May, the third son of Ebenezer Landells, a merchant, and his wife, Jane Graham. His paternal grandfather ran a wholesale drapery business and his maternal grandfather was the ...

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Stiff, George (1807–1874), engraver and newspaper proprietor, of obscure origins, was considered by The Bookseller at his death to have been 'one of the principal pioneers of illustrated literature in its present form'. However, he was an obsessively secretive figure, constantly covering his tracks to avoid his creditors, and very little is known of his personal life. He first appears in ...

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Thomas, William Luson (1830–1900), wood-engraver and newspaper proprietor, the son of William Thomas, a shipbroker, and his wife, Alicia Hayes, was born on 4 December 1830 in London. Little is known of his early life, though he was educated at Fulham, Middlesex. After leaving school he joined his brother ...