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L. A. Fagan

revised by Vivienne W. Painting

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...


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 ...


F. M. O'Donoghue

revised by J. Desmarais

Harding, Silvester [Sylvester] (1745x51–1809), artist and publisher, was born at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, on 5 August 1745, the son of Sylvester and Mary Harding who married there on 11 August 1745. He was looked after by an uncle in London, but at the age of fourteen ran away and joined a company of strolling actors, with whom he played under an assumed name for some years. In 1775 he returned to ...


Arthur Pond (bap. 1701, d. 1758) self-portrait, 1739 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Pond, Arthur (bap. 1701, d. 1758), artist and printseller, was baptized on 2 August 1701 in the parish church of St Magnus the Martyr, London. The oldest surviving son of John Pond (d. 1749), a wealthy surgeon of London Bridge, and his wife, ...


Sowerby, John Edward (1825–1870), artist and publisher, was born in Lambeth on 17 January 1825, the eldest son of the botanist and publisher Charles Edward Sowerby (1795–1842) and his wife, Judith Ainsley. A grandson of James Sowerby (1757–1822), the natural history artist and publisher of ...