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William Finden (1787-1852), Engraver

Artist associated with 33 portraits
Apprenticed to James Mitan, after which he found employment engraving illustrations for books. His younger brother, Edward Finden, worked with him. Their work became so much in demand that they employed a company of assistants, who also produced their plates. Finden's largest plate was a portrait of King George IV after the painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence; he received two thousand guineas for this work, the highest sum ever paid for an engraved portrait. He and his brother undertook the publication as well as the production of engravings. The first and most successful of these was a series of illustrations to the life and works of Byron, which appeared from 1833.

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D8884

Samuel Rogers

by William Finden, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, (1769-1830)
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D40123

Tomb of Sir Nicholas Bacon in St Paul's

by William Finden, published by Lackington & Co, and published by Longman & Co
etching, early 19th century
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D37511

William Wilberforce

by James Heath, published by William Finden, published by John Hatchard, published by William Russell, after John Russell
line engraving, published 1807
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D7608

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

by William Finden, after Thomas Phillips
stipple engraving, 1820s-1840s (1814)
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D10710

King George IV

by William Finden, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 1829 (1822)
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D10985

King George IV

by William Finden, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 1829 (1822)
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D10990

King George IV

by William Finden, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
line engraving, published 1829 (1822)
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D26581

James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton

by William Finden
stipple engraving, published 1830
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D27037

Montague Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey

by William Finden, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
stipple and line engraving, circa 1830
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D35226

Robert Hall

by William Finden, published by Holdsworth and Ball, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
line engraving, published 1832
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D35227

Robert Hall

by William Finden, printed by H. Wilkinson, published by Holdsworth and Ball, after Nathan Cooper Branwhite
line engraving, published December 1833
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D7673

Sir William Penn

by William Finden, published by James Duncan, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple and line engraving, published 1833
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D8354

Legh Richmond

by William Finden, published by R.B. Seeley & W. Burnside, after Joseph Slater
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1833
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D14812

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by William Finden, published by Harding & Lepard, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1835
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D14145

Thomas Moore

by William Finden, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple and line engraving, 1836 (1829)
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D5559

Thomas Pringle

by William Finden, published by Edward Moxon
stipple and line engraving, published 1837
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D9169

Queen Victoria

by and published by William Finden, by and published by Edward Francis Finden, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after Richard James Lane
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1838
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D35573

Lady Flora Elizabeth Hastings

by and published by William Finden, by and published by Edward Francis Finden, printed by McQueen (Macqueen), after E. Hawkins
stipple engraving, published April 1840
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D21536

Harriet-Vittoria (née Stratton), Lady Hicks-Beach

by William Finden, or by Edward Francis Finden, after Alfred Edward Chalon
stipple engraving, published 1841
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