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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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Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854', by William Walker, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG 1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
NPG 1125a

Men of Science Living in 1807-8, by Sir John Gilbert, and  Frederick John Skill, and  William Walker, and  Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds) - NPG 1075

Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075

Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8', by George Zobel, and  William Walker - NPG 1075a

Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
NPG 1075a

James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, by and published by William Walker - NPG Ax15845

James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
NPG Ax15845

Henry Grey, by and published by William Walker, published by  Waugh & Innes, after  William Douglas - NPG D34965

Henry Grey

by and published by William Walker, published by Waugh & Innes, after William Douglas
stipple engraving, 1808
NPG D34965

John Foster, by William Walker, published by  B.J. Holdsworth, after  Nathan Cooper Branwhite - NPG D37765

John Foster

by William Walker, published by B.J. Holdsworth, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
stipple engraving, published September 1823
NPG D37765

Archibald Alison, by William Walker, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D7325

Archibald Alison

by William Walker, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D7325

Samuel Seyer, by William Walker, published by  William Strong, after  Nathan Cooper Branwhite - NPG D8923

Samuel Seyer

by William Walker, published by William Strong, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
stipple engraving, (1824)
NPG D8923

Sir Alexander Hope, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D35979

Sir Alexander Hope

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1825 (1810)
NPG D35979

Sir James Wellwood Moncreiff, 9th Bt, Lord Moncreiff, by Samuel Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Sir John Watson-Gordon - NPG D38863

Sir James Wellwood Moncreiff, 9th Bt, Lord Moncreiff

by Samuel Cousins, published by William Walker, after Sir John Watson-Gordon
mezzotint, published 1 May 1829
NPG D38863

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by William Walker, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D32200

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by William Walker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1830
NPG D32200

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D34823

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1830 (circa 1820)
NPG D34823

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, by Samuel Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Colvin Smith - NPG D36492

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

by Samuel Cousins, published by William Walker, after Colvin Smith
mezzotint, published May 1830
NPG D36492

George John Danvers Butler, 5th Earl of Lanesborough, by William Walker, after  Richard Buckner - NPG D37158

George John Danvers Butler, 5th Earl of Lanesborough

by William Walker, after Richard Buckner
mezzotint, mid 19th century
NPG D37158

John Charles Herries, by William Walker, after  Sir William Boxall - NPG D8065

John Charles Herries

by William Walker, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, 1830s-1840s
NPG D8065

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, by Samuel Cousins, published by  William Walker, after  Colvin Smith - NPG D19998

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

by Samuel Cousins, published by William Walker, after Colvin Smith
mezzotint, published May 1830
NPG D19998

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt, by and published by William Walker, after  John Jackson - NPG D20065

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1830 (circa 1820)
NPG D20065

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by and published by William Walker, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D19111

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

by and published by William Walker, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published September 1831 (1825)
NPG D19111

Hugh Fortescue, 2nd Earl Fortescue, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  William Walker, after  Samuel William Reynolds Jr - NPG D37748

Hugh Fortescue, 2nd Earl Fortescue

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by William Walker, after Samuel William Reynolds Jr
mezzotint, September 1833
NPG D37748

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