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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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1125a

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'

by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
engraving, 1857
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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

1075a

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

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

Ax15845

James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury

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

D34965

Henry Grey

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

D7325

Archibald Alison

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

D8923

Samuel Seyer

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

D35979

Sir Alexander Hope

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

D32200

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

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

D34823

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

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

D36492

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

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

D37158

George John Danvers Butler, 5th Earl of Lanesborough

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

D8065

John Charles Herries

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

D19998

Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey

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

D20065

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

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

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

D38024

Stephen Lushington

by and published by William Walker, after Sir William John Newton
mezzotint, published May 1834
NPG D38024

D38025

Stephen Lushington

by and published by William Walker, after Sir William John Newton
mezzotint, published May 1834
NPG D38025

D36028

James Abercromby, 1st Baron Dunfermline

by and published by William Walker, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published June 1835
NPG D36028

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