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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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Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1867
NPG Ax15850

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John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1867
NPG Ax15854

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Spencer Horatio Walpole

by William Walker
albumen print
NPG Ax15855

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Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo

by William Walker
albumen print
NPG Ax15856

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Sir William Purves-Hume-Campbell, 6th Bt

by William Walker, after George Watson
etching, 1816-1867
NPG D36384

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Archibald Alison

by William Walker, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D8484

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Sir Henry Raeburn

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Henry Raeburn
mezzotint, published 1 January 1826 (circa 1815)
NPG D39170

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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Bt

by and published by William Walker, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after Sir Henry Raeburn
mezzotint, published 1 October 1826
NPG D40609

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Daniel Sandford

by William Walker, by Samuel Cousins, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, published 1829
NPG D40057

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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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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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Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

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

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James Raine

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

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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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