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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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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

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