William Humphrey (1742?-before 1815), Engraver and printseller
Artist associated with 68 portraits
William Humphrey was an engraver and printseller who excelled in mezzotint portraits. He was the elder brother of Hannah Humphrey, the London bookseller who distributed the work of James Gillray. Humphrey opened a print shop in 1774 from where he specialised in the publication of satirical mezzotints, publishing both his own engravings and those of other artists. He gave up publishing at the beginning of the 1780s and concentrated instead on dealing in portrait prints, acting as agent for many private collectors.