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William Dickinson (1746-1823), Engraver and printseller

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 84 portraits
It is unknown where Dickinson trained as an engraver, but in 1773 he began publishing his own prints. By 1778, he had entered into partnership with the engraver Thomas Watson. They took over the print shop of Walter Shropshire in New Bond Street, where they had a stock of plates based on modern artists including Reynolds. Watson died in 1781 but Dickinson continued with the business. He built up a large stock of modern plates and in 1791 he was appointed engraver to the Prince of Wales. Two years later, he went bankrupt. He moved to France in 1797 where he worked as a mezzotint engraver. In Paris, he engraved portraits of the king of Saxony in 1811 and of the Emperor Napoleon in 1815.

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D4007

John Rhudde

by William Dickinson, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, 1757
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D4008

John Rhudde

by William Dickinson, after John Michael Williams
mezzotint, 1757
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D32864

King George II

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, circa 1766 (1759)
NPG D32864

D32865

King George II

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, circa 1766 (1759)
NPG D32865

D37523

John Wilkes

by William Dickinson, published by S. Sledge, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D37523

D4799

John Wilkes

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1768
NPG D4799

D4914

James Worsdale

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D4914

D5764

James Worsdale

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1769
NPG D5764

D36438

Marian Hastings (née Anna Maria Apollonia Chapuset) when Baroness von Imhoff

by William Dickinson, published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D36438

D40701

Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley) as St Cecilia

by William Dickinson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, late 18th century (1775)
NPG D40701

D2957

Anna Maria Appolonia Hastings when Mrs Imhoff

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D2957

D15323

Anna Maria Appolonia Hastings

by William Dickinson, published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1770
NPG D15323

D36243

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Medea

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1 January 1771
NPG D36243

D36244

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Medea

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D36244

D36245

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Medea

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1 January 1771
NPG D36245

D36246

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Medea

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1 January 1771
NPG D36246

D36247

Mary Ann Yates in the character of Medea

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 1 January 1771
NPG D36247

D1605

Brass Crosby

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 17 September 1771
NPG D1605

D2236

Brass Crosby

by William Dickinson, after Robert Edge Pine
mezzotint, published 17 September 1771
NPG D2236

D4310

James Stephen

by and published by William Dickinson, after William Thomson
mezzotint, published 1 March 1771
NPG D4310

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