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William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 261 portraits
Say went to London in 1788 and studied under engraver and painter James Ward. In 1807, he engraved William Beechey's portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, to whom he was then appointed engraver. Over his lifetime, Say produced a total of 335 plates, which included works after old masters as well as contemporary artists. In around 1819, he produced the first ever mezzotint engraving on steel. Say's son Frederic Richard Say was a successful portrait painter.