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William Say

(1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 261 portraits
Say went to London in 1788 and studied under engraver and painter James Ward. In 1807, he engraved William Beechey's portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, to whom he was then appointed engraver. Over his lifetime, Say produced a total of 335 plates, which included works after old masters as well as contemporary artists. In around 1819, he produced the first ever mezzotint engraving on steel. Say's son Frederic Richard Say was a successful portrait painter.

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Detail from the Sistine Madonna, by William Say, after  Raphael (Raffaello Santi) - NPG D11340

Detail from the Sistine Madonna

by William Say, after Raphael (Raffaello Santi)
mezzotint, (circa 1512-1514)
NPG D11340

Detail from the Sistine Madonna, by William Say, after  Raphael (Raffaello Santi) - NPG D11341

Detail from the Sistine Madonna

by William Say, after Raphael (Raffaello Santi)
mezzotint, (circa 1512-1514)
NPG D11341

Detail from the Sistine Madonna, by William Say, after  Raphael (Raffaello Santi) - NPG D11342

Detail from the Sistine Madonna

by William Say, after Raphael (Raffaello Santi)
mezzotint, (circa 1512-1514)
NPG D11342

Richard Mead, by William Say, after  Arthur Pond - NPG D11368

Richard Mead

by William Say, after Arthur Pond
mezzotint, (1743)
NPG D11368

George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, by William Say, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D38246

George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough

by William Say, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1759-1762)
NPG D38246

'The fallen angels', by William Say, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D11338

'The fallen angels'

by William Say, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, (1796-1797)
NPG D11338

John Opie, by William Say, after  John Opie - NPG D19426

John Opie

by William Say, after John Opie
mezzotint, (circa 1798)
NPG D19426

Louisa Sharp and her sister, by William Say - NPG D40678

Louisa Sharp and her sister

by William Say
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D40678

Beatrix Parker (née Lister), by William Say, after  William Owen - NPG D3804

Beatrix Parker (née Lister)

by William Say, after William Owen
mezzotint, early 19th century (probably exhibited 1809)
NPG D3804

William Cumberland Cruikshank, by William Say, after  Gabriel Stuart - NPG D34414

William Cumberland Cruikshank

by William Say, after Gabriel Stuart
mezzotint, published 14 June 1801
NPG D34414

Walter Ramsden Fawkes, by William Say, after  John Hoppner - NPG D36677

Walter Ramsden Fawkes

by William Say, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D36677

Hon. William Windham, by and published by William Say, after  John Hoppner - NPG D37055

Hon. William Windham

by and published by William Say, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published 2 May 1803
NPG D37055

John Henry Williams, by William Say, after  William Artaud - NPG D37081

John Henry Williams

by William Say, after William Artaud
mezzotint, published 6 August 1803
NPG D37081

Sir William Douglas, Bt, by William Say, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D1656

Sir William Douglas, Bt

by William Say, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D1656

Walter Ramsden Fawkes, by William Say, after  John Hoppner - NPG D1902

Walter Ramsden Fawkes

by William Say, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D1902

John Henry Williams, by William Say, after  William Artaud - NPG D4798

John Henry Williams

by William Say, after William Artaud
mezzotint, 6 August 1803
NPG D4798

Hon. William Windham, by William Say, after  John Hoppner - NPG D4861

Hon. William Windham

by William Say, after John Hoppner
mezzotint, published 1803
NPG D4861

Abraham Tucker, by William Say, after  Enoch Seeman - NPG D6989

Abraham Tucker

by William Say, after Enoch Seeman
mezzotint, published 1 July 1803 (1739)
NPG D6989

Abraham Tucker, by William Say, after  Enoch Seeman - NPG D6990

Abraham Tucker

by William Say, after Enoch Seeman
mezzotint, published 1 July 1803 (1739)
NPG D6990

John Blades, by William Say, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D713

John Blades

by William Say, after Sir William Beechey
mezzotint, circa 1803-1834
NPG D713

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