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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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D37086

Sir William Fenwick Williams, 1st Bt

by William Walker, after John Watkins
mezzotint, published 18 March 1857
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D34605

Sir John Watson-Gordon

by William Walker, or by Edward Burton, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, (exhibited 1858)
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D36878

Thomas Pemberton Leigh, Baron Kingsdown

by William Walker
mezzotint, published 1864
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Ax15862

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

printed and published by William Walker
albumen print, 1863; published 1865
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Ax15857

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Samuel Alexander Walker, printed and published by William Walker
albumen print, 1864; published 1865
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Ax15858

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
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Ax15861

Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt

by William Walker
print, circa 1865
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Ax15863

Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
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Ax15864

George Frederick Samuel Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1865
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Ax15866

William Ewart Gladstone

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
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Ax15869

Thomas Milner-Gibson

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1865
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Ax38706

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Walker
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
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Ax15849

John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
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Ax15851

Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
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Ax15842

Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1867
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Ax15844

John Winston Spencer Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1867
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Ax15847

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1867
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Ax15848

Richard Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1867
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Ax15850

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1867
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