William Nelson Gardiner (1766-1814), Engraver and bookseller
Artist associated with 51 portraits
An Irish engraver, Gardiner studied art at the Dublin Academy. Around 1790 he came to London and became a principal assistant to Francesco Bartolozzi. He engraved plates for Harding's Shakespeare, De Grammont's Memoirs and Diana Beauclerk's illustrations to Dryden's Fables. Gardiner also engraved important plates after Bunbury, Hamilton and Francis Wheatley. His portraits, in particular, were highly sought after by publishers such as Boydell. Despite his obvious talents as an engraver, it is reported that Gardiner led a restless life. In around 1800, he returned to Dublin and is said to have squandered all his money, committing suicide in 1814.
by William Nelson Gardiner, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
by William Nelson Gardiner, after William Wissing
stipple engraving, late 18th century