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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tinney, John (c. 1706–1761), engraver and printseller, the son of John Tinney (b. c.1673), of the Merchant Taylors' Company, was probably born in London. He was apprenticed for seven years to the engraver John Sturt on 3 August 1721 and made free of the ...