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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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Timothy Clayton and Anita McConnell

Baillie, William (1723–1810), art dealer and printmaker, was born on 5 June 1723 at Kilbride, co. Carlow, Ireland, the second son of Robert Baillie of Celbridge. He was educated in Dublin by Dr Thomas Sheridan, who kept a school at King's Mint House, Capel Street...

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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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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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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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Crawhall, Joseph [known as Joseph Crawhall the second] (1821–1896), wood-engraver and promoter of the arts, was born at West House, Newcastle upon Tyne, and baptized at All Saints', Newcastle, on 14 June 1821, the son of Joseph Crawhall the first (1793–1853), rope maker, well-known lover of the arts, local politician, and mayor of ...

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Cromek, Robert Hartley (1770–1812), engraver and literary entrepreneur, was born at Kingston upon Hull, the son of Thomas Cromek (d. 1802), stonemason, and Martha Hartley (d. 1811). When he was a young man his family moved to Manchester, where he briefly studied law but soon turned to literary and artistic pursuits. In 1788 he moved to ...

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Day, William (1797–1845), publisher and printer of lithographs, established his business in London in the early nineteenth century. The evidence of trade directories is ambiguous, as there was more than one William Day working as a printer in the 1820s. It is alleged that he was a law writer who turned to printing, and he first appears in a directory running a printing business in ...

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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. ...