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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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D8545

Robert Rainy Pennington

by William Walker, after Frederick Richard Say
mezzotint, published 1849
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D35117

William Hale Hale

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

D35895

Francis Hodgson

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

D37035

Samuel Wilson

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

D37036

Samuel Wilson

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

D19914

William Hale Hale

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

D32562

John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell of St Andrews

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

D32563

Archibald Montgomery Campbell

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

D34075

John Conolly

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

D37023

Horace Hayman Wilson

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

D3954

James Raine

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

D18987

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt

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

D35022

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman

by and published by William Walker, after Eden Upton Eddis
mezzotint, published 1852
NPG D35022

D7804

Sir Josiah John Guest, 1st Bt

by and published by William Walker, after Richard Buckner
mezzotint, published 5 April 1852
NPG D7804

D11132

Henry Hart Milman

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1 May 1852
NPG D11132

D34793

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

by William Walker, after (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann
mezzotint, 1853
NPG D34793

D34794

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

by William Walker, after (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann
mezzotint, 1853
NPG D34794

D35079

George James Guthrie

by and published by William Walker, after Henry Room
mezzotint, published 10 May 1853
NPG D35079

D35717

John Charles Herries

by and published by William Walker, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 1 March 1853
NPG D35717

D35966

Alexander James Beresford Beresford Hope

by William Walker, after Reuben Thomas William Sayers
mezzotint, published 1 January 1853
NPG D35966

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