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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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D38289

Sir Samuel Martin

by and published by William Walker, after Henry Wyndham Phillips
mezzotint, published 20 April 1853
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D20369

George James Guthrie

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

D35217

Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

by William Walker
mezzotint, published 4 June 1856
NPG D35217

D2550

Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

by William Walker
mezzotint, published 4 June 1856
NPG D2550

D3366

John Edward Kempe

by William Walker, after William Cooper
mezzotint, published 1856
NPG D3366

D37086

Sir William Fenwick Williams, 1st Bt

by William Walker, after John Watkins
mezzotint, published 18 March 1857
NPG D37086

D34605

Sir John Watson-Gordon

by William Walker, or by Edward Burton, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, (exhibited 1858)
NPG D34605

D36878

Thomas Pemberton Leigh, Baron Kingsdown

by William Walker
mezzotint, published 1864
NPG D36878

Ax15862

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

printed and published by William Walker
albumen print, 1863, published 1865
NPG Ax15862

Ax15857

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Samuel Alexander Walker, printed and published by William Walker
albumen print, 1864, published 1865
NPG Ax15857

Ax15858

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15858

Ax15861

Sir George Grey, 2nd Bt

by William Walker
print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15861

Ax15863

Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15863

Ax15864

George Frederick Samuel Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15864

Ax15866

William Ewart Gladstone

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15866

Ax15869

Thomas Milner-Gibson

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15869

Ax38706

Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth

by William Walker
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG Ax38706

Ax15849

John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
NPG Ax15849

Ax15851

Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh

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

Ax15842

Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1867
NPG Ax15842

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