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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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William Empson

by William Walker, after John Linnell
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D36185

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Peter Arkwright

by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D7348

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Peter Arkwright

by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D7349

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Peter Arkwright

by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D7350

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Charles Poulett-Thomson, Baron Sydenham

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by William Walker, after Samuel William Reynolds Jr
mezzotint, published July 1833
NPG D40333

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James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger

by Henry Cousins, published by William Walker, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, published March 1837
NPG D19224

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John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth

by and published by William Walker, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, published March 1839
NPG D40447

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Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

by William Walker, after John Goffe Rand
mezzotint, published July 1840
NPG D19065

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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

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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

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James Raine

by William Walker, after Clement Burlison
mezzotint, 1851
NPG D39185

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Henry Phillpotts

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

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Henry Phillpotts

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

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Lord John Thynne

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

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Sir John Stuart

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

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Sir John Stuart

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

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Sir Richard Owen

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

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John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland

by and published by William Walker, after Richard Buckner
mezzotint, published 1 January 1853
NPG D39960

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John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland

by and published by William Walker, after Richard Buckner
mezzotint, published 1 January 1853
NPG D39961

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