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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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Henry Phillpotts, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D40209

Henry Phillpotts

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1 July 1851
NPG D40209

Henry Phillpotts, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D40210

Henry Phillpotts

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1 July 1851
NPG D40210

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

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman, by and published by William Walker, after  Eden Upton Eddis - NPG D35022

Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman

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

Lord John Thynne, by and published by William Walker, after  Richard Buckner - NPG D40330

Lord John Thynne

by and published by William Walker, after Richard Buckner
mezzotint, published 1 July 1852
NPG D40330

Sir John Stuart, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D42100

Sir John Stuart

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1 August 1852
NPG D42100

Sir John Stuart, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D42101

Sir John Stuart

by and published by William Walker, after Thomas Woolnoth
mezzotint, published 1 August 1852
NPG D42101

Sir Richard Owen, by and published by William Walker, after  Henry William Pickersgill - NPG D1389

Sir Richard Owen

by and published by William Walker, after Henry William Pickersgill
mezzotint, 1852
NPG D1389

Sir Josiah John Guest, 1st Bt, by and published by William Walker, after  Richard Buckner - NPG D7804

Sir Josiah John Guest, 1st Bt

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

Henry Hart Milman, by and published by William Walker, after  Thomas Woolnoth - NPG D11132

Henry Hart Milman

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

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville, by William Walker, after  (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann - NPG D34793

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

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

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville, by William Walker, after  (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann - NPG D34794

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville

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

George James Guthrie, by and published by William Walker, after  Henry Room - NPG D35079

George James Guthrie

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

John Charles Herries, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir William Boxall - NPG D35717

John Charles Herries

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

Alexander James Beresford Beresford Hope, by William Walker, after  Reuben Thomas William Sayers - NPG D35966

Alexander James Beresford Beresford Hope

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

Sir Samuel Martin, by and published by William Walker, after  Henry Wyndham Phillips - NPG D38289

Sir Samuel Martin

by and published by William Walker, after Henry Wyndham Phillips
mezzotint, published 20 April 1853
NPG D38289

George James Guthrie, by and published by William Walker, after  Henry Room - NPG D20369

George James Guthrie

by and published by William Walker, after Henry Room
mezzotint, published 10 May 1853
NPG D20369

Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax, by William Walker - NPG D35217

Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

by William Walker
mezzotint, published 4 June 1856
NPG D35217

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt, by and published by William Walker - NPG D38853

Sir William Molesworth, 8th Bt

by and published by William Walker
mezzotint, published 15 March 1856
NPG D38853

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