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William Walker

(1791-1867), Photographer, engraver and publisher

Artist associated with 119 portraits
Walker was initially apprenticed to Edinburgh engraver E. Mitchell before moving to London and studying line engraving with James Stewart, stipple engraving with Thomas Woolnoth and mezzotinting with Thomas Lupton. In 1819, he returned to Scotland and was employed to make the engraving of Sir Henry Raeburn's equestrian portrait of the fourth earl of Hopetoun (1821), which established his reputation. He engraved a number of portraits after Raeburn, notably those of Sir Walter Scott and Raeburn himself, which are often cited as among the finest examples of stipple work ever produced.

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Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a

Men of Science Living in 1807-8, by Sir John Gilbert, and  Frederick John Skill, and  William Walker, and  Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds) - NPG 1075

Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075

Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8', by George Zobel, and  William Walker - NPG 1075a

Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a

James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, by and published by William Walker - NPG Ax15845

James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
NPG Ax15845

Henry Grey, by and published by William Walker, published by  Waugh & Innes, after  William Douglas - NPG D34965

Henry Grey

by and published by William Walker, published by Waugh & Innes, after William Douglas
stipple engraving, 1808
NPG D34965

John Foster, by William Walker, published by  B.J. Holdsworth, after  Nathan Cooper Branwhite - NPG D37765

John Foster

by William Walker, published by B.J. Holdsworth, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
stipple engraving, published September 1823
NPG D37765

Archibald Alison, by William Walker, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D7325

Archibald Alison

by William Walker, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D7325

Samuel Seyer, by William Walker, published by  William Strong, after  Nathan Cooper Branwhite - NPG D8923

Samuel Seyer

by William Walker, published by William Strong, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
stipple engraving, (1824)
NPG D8923

Sir Alexander Hope, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D35979

Sir Alexander Hope

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1825 (1810)
NPG D35979

Sir James Wellwood Moncreiff, 9th Bt, Lord Moncreiff, by Samuel Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Sir John Watson-Gordon - NPG D38863

Sir James Wellwood Moncreiff, 9th Bt, Lord Moncreiff

by Samuel Cousins, published by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, published 1 May 1829
NPG D38863

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by William Walker, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D32200

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by William Walker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1830
NPG D32200

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D34823

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1830 (circa 1820)
NPG D34823

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, by Samuel Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Colvin Smith - NPG D36492

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

by Samuel Cousins, published by William Walker, after Colvin Smith
mezzotint, published May 1830
NPG D36492

George John Danvers Butler, 5th Earl of Lanesborough, by William Walker, after  Richard Buckner - NPG D37158

George John Danvers Butler, 5th Earl of Lanesborough

by William Walker, after Richard Buckner
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D37158

John Charles Herries, by William Walker, after  Sir William Boxall - NPG D8065

John Charles Herries

by William Walker, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, 1830s-1840s
NPG D8065

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, by Samuel Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Colvin Smith - NPG D19998

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

by Samuel Cousins, published by William Walker, after Colvin Smith
mezzotint, published May 1830
NPG D19998

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D20065

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1830 (circa 1820)
NPG D20065

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D19111

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published September 1831 (1825)
NPG D19111

Hugh Fortescue, 2nd Earl Fortescue, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  William Walker, after  Samuel William Reynolds Jr - NPG D37748

Hugh Fortescue, 2nd Earl Fortescue

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by William Walker, after Samuel William Reynolds Jr
mezzotint, September 1833
NPG D37748

Stephen Lushington, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir William John Newton - NPG D38024

Stephen Lushington

by and published by William Walker, after Sir William John Newton
mezzotint, published May 1834
NPG D38024

Stephen Lushington, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir William John Newton - NPG D38025

Stephen Lushington

by and published by William Walker, after Sir William John Newton
mezzotint, published May 1834
NPG D38025

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D36028

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published June 1835
NPG D36028

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D36029

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published June 1835
NPG D36029

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D36030

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published June 1835
NPG D36030

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D36031

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published June 1835
NPG D36031

Sir Herbert Jenner-Fust, by and published by William Walker, after  Frederick Yeates Hurlstone - NPG D3153

Sir Herbert Jenner-Fust

by and published by William Walker, after Frederick Yeates Hurlstone
mezzotint, published April 1835
NPG D3153

Sir Herbert Jenner-Fust, by and published by William Walker, after  Frederick Yeates Hurlstone - NPG D3695

Sir Herbert Jenner-Fust

by and published by William Walker, after Frederick Yeates Hurlstone
mezzotint, published April 1835
NPG D3695

William Dodsworth, by William Walker, after  Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds) - NPG D8294

William Dodsworth

by William Walker, after Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
stipple engraving, published 1835
NPG D8294

The Reform Bill Receiving the King's Assent by Royal Commission, 7 June 1832, by William Walker, by  Samuel William Reynolds Jr, after  Samuel William Reynolds - NPG D10714

The Reform Bill Receiving the King's Assent by Royal Commission, 7 June 1832

by William Walker, by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, after Samuel William Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1836
NPG D10714

Edward Scobell, by William Walker, after  Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds) - NPG D4179

Edward Scobell

by William Walker, after Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
mezzotint, published 1836
NPG D4179

James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger, by Henry Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Sir Martin Archer Shee - NPG D7148

James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger

by Henry Cousins, published by William Walker, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, published March 1837
NPG D7148

James Buchanan, by William Walker, after  Samuel MacKenzie - NPG D32274

James Buchanan

by William Walker, after Samuel MacKenzie
stipple engraving, published 1838
NPG D32274

Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington, by William Walker, after  Robert McInnes - NPG D35100

Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington

by William Walker, after Robert McInnes
mezzotint, 1839
NPG D35100

John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth, by and published by William Walker, after  George Richmond - NPG D40447

John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth

by and published by William Walker, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published March 1839
NPG D40447

John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth, by William Walker, published by  John Hatchard, after  George Richmond - NPG D15223

John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth

by William Walker, published by John Hatchard, after George Richmond
stipple and line engraving, published 1843 (1832)
NPG D15223

William Ewart Gladstone, by and published by William Walker, published by  Hering & Remington, after  William Bradley - NPG D34514

William Ewart Gladstone

by and published by William Walker, published by Hering & Remington, after William Bradley
mezzotint, 1 August 1845 (1838 or 1839)
NPG D34514

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, by William Walker, after  Sir Francis Grant - NPG D33271

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 1847
NPG D33271

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, by William Walker, after  Sir Francis Grant - NPG D33272

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon

by William Walker, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 1847
NPG D33272

James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D37647

James Parke, 1st Baron Wensleydale

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, published 5 July 1847
NPG D37647

Sir Henry Thomas de la Beche, by William Walker, after  Henry Pierce Bone - NPG D31602

Sir Henry Thomas de la Beche

by William Walker, after Henry Pierce Bone
mezzotint, published 1848
NPG D31602

Sir Henry Thomas de la Beche, by William Walker, after  Henry Pierce Bone - NPG D34856

Sir Henry Thomas de la Beche

by William Walker, after Henry Pierce Bone
mezzotint, published 1848
NPG D34856

Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Phillips, and after  Henry Wyndham Phillips - NPG D38772

Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Phillips, and after Henry Wyndham Phillips
mezzotint, published 25 November 1848
NPG D38772

Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Phillips, and after  Henry Wyndham Phillips - NPG D38775

Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Phillips, and after Henry Wyndham Phillips
mezzotint, published 25 November 1848
NPG D38775

Sir John Dodson, by William Walker, after  Unknown artist - NPG D1650

Sir John Dodson

by William Walker, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1849
NPG D1650

Samuel Armstrong Lane, by William Walker, after  Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds) - NPG D3524

Samuel Armstrong Lane

by William Walker, after Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
mezzotint, published 1849
NPG D3524

Robert Rainy Pennington, by William Walker, after  Frederick Richard Say - NPG D8545

Robert Rainy Pennington

by William Walker, after Frederick Richard Say
mezzotint, published 1849
NPG D8545

William Hale Hale, by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D35117

William Hale Hale

by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, 1850
NPG D35117

Francis Hodgson, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir Francis Grant - NPG D35895

Francis Hodgson

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Francis Grant
mezzotint, published 1 April 1850
NPG D35895

Samuel Wilson, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D37035

Samuel Wilson

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 12 September 1850
NPG D37035

Samuel Wilson, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D37036

Samuel Wilson

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 12 September 1850
NPG D37036

William Hale Hale, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D19914

William Hale Hale

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1 April 1850
NPG D19914

John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell of St Andrews, by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D32562

John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell of St Andrews

by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1851
NPG D32562

Archibald Montgomery Campbell, by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D32563

Archibald Montgomery Campbell

by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1851
NPG D32563

John Conolly, by William Walker, after  Sir John Watson-Gordon - NPG D34075

John Conolly

by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, (1851)
NPG D34075

Horace Hayman Wilson, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir John Watson-Gordon - NPG D37023

Horace Hayman Wilson

by and published by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, published 4 June 1851
NPG D37023

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt, by and published by William Walker, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D39095

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt

by and published by William Walker, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 2 February 1851
NPG D39095

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt, by William Walker, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D39096

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt

by William Walker, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1851
NPG D39096

James Raine, by William Walker, after  Clement Burlison - NPG D3954

James Raine

by William Walker, after Clement Burlison
mezzotint, 1851
NPG D3954

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt, by William Walker, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D18987

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt

by William Walker, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, published 1851
NPG D18987

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