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William Holl Sr

(1771-1838), Engraver

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 127 portraits
William Holl, probably of German origin, studied engraving under Benjamin Smith before establishing himself as an engraver. Holl's prints were mainly executed using the stipple technique, and he pioneered the use of stipple engraving on steel. He produced numerous portrait engravings as well as decorative subjects and prints after contemporary artists. He was the father of William and Francis Holl, who were also engravers.

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Laurence Sterne, by William Holl Sr, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D42129

Laurence Sterne

by William Holl Sr, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple and line engraving, (1760)
NPG D42129

David Hume, by William Holl Sr, after  Anker Smith, after  Allan Ramsay - NPG D13902

David Hume

by William Holl Sr, after Anker Smith, after Allan Ramsay
stipple engraving, (1766)
NPG D13902

Edmund Waller, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30149

Edmund Waller

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D30149

John Hall, by William Holl Sr, after  Arlaud - NPG D14580

John Hall

by William Holl Sr, after Arlaud
stipple engraving, 1771-1838
NPG D14580

Hans Holbein the Younger, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr - NPG D24347

Hans Holbein the Younger

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D24347

Sir Philip Sidney, possibly by William Holl Sr - NPG D25387

Sir Philip Sidney

possibly by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25387

Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, possibly by William Holl Sr - NPG D25401

Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham

possibly by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25401

Sir Francis Drake, possibly by William Holl Sr - NPG D25409

Sir Francis Drake

possibly by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D25409

Sir Francis Drake, by William Holl Sr - NPG D25412

Sir Francis Drake

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D25412

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr - NPG D26658

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26658

Arthur Capel, 1st Baron Capel, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr - NPG D26660

Arthur Capel, 1st Baron Capel

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26660

William Laud, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr - NPG D26711

William Laud

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26711

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D28251

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28251

Inigo Jones, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28345

Inigo Jones

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28345

Oliver Cromwell, by William Holl Sr, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D28724

Oliver Cromwell

by William Holl Sr, after Samuel Cooper
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28724

John Evelyn, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr - NPG D30351

John Evelyn

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D30351

Jean de La Fontaine, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D30771

Jean de La Fontaine

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D30771

John Locke, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31276

John Locke

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31276

John Locke, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31277

John Locke

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31277

Jonathan Swift, by William Holl Sr - NPG D31516

Jonathan Swift

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31516

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31540

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31540

Sir Isaac Newton, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D27328

Sir Isaac Newton

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after John Vanderbank
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27328

Sir Christopher Wren, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27348

Sir Christopher Wren

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27348

Sir Richard Steele, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27588

Sir Richard Steele

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27588

William Ewart, by William Holl Sr - NPG D36612

William Ewart

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D36612

William Ewart, by William Holl Sr - NPG D36613

William Ewart

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D36613

Mr Mordaunt, probably by William Holl Sr - NPG D38956

Mr Mordaunt

probably by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D38956

Thomas Pomeroy, by William Holl Sr, after  Charles (Cantelowe, Cantlo) Bestland - NPG D40338

Thomas Pomeroy

by William Holl Sr, after Charles (Cantelowe, Cantlo) Bestland
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D40338

William Sheepshanks, by William Holl Sr - NPG D40684

William Sheepshanks

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D40684

William Shakespeare, by William Holl Sr, published by  Vernor, Hood & Sharpe - NPG D41652

William Shakespeare

by William Holl Sr, published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D41652

Sir John Wyldbore Smith, 2nd Bt, by William Holl Sr, published by  W. Fisher, after  Laurence Theweneti - NPG D41758

Sir John Wyldbore Smith, 2nd Bt

by William Holl Sr, published by W. Fisher, after Laurence Theweneti
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D41758

Edmund Burke, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D1148

Edmund Burke

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D1148

Thomas Jefferson, probably by William Holl Sr, after  Bouch - NPG D13763

Thomas Jefferson

probably by William Holl Sr, after Bouch
stipple engraving, 19th century
NPG D13763

John Moore, by William Holl Sr, published by  Henry Delahoy Symonds - NPG D15121

John Moore

by William Holl Sr, published by Henry Delahoy Symonds
stipple engraving, published 1 October 1800
NPG D15121

James Bindley, by William Holl Sr, after  William Behnes - NPG D31784

James Bindley

by William Holl Sr, after William Behnes
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31784

William Dickinson, by William Holl Sr, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Sherlock - NPG D11260

William Dickinson

by William Holl Sr, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Sherlock
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1801
NPG D11260

Erasmus Darwin, by William Holl Sr, after  J. Rawlinson, and by  Thomas Milton, after  Richard Corbould, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D34341

Erasmus Darwin

by William Holl Sr, after J. Rawlinson, and by Thomas Milton, after Richard Corbould, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 February 1803
NPG D34341

George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum', by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell, and by  E.W. Thomson, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D34342

George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum'

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell, and by E.W. Thomson, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 September 1803
NPG D34342

Erasmus Darwin, by William Holl Sr, after  J. Rawlinson, and by  Thomas Milton, after  Richard Corbould, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D34688

Erasmus Darwin

by William Holl Sr, after J. Rawlinson, and by Thomas Milton, after Richard Corbould, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 February 1803
NPG D34688

George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum', by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell, and by  E.W. Thomson, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D40680

George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum'

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell, and by E.W. Thomson, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 September 1803
NPG D40680

Daniel Rutherford with 'A distant View of Edinburgh', by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert John Thornton, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D34337

Daniel Rutherford with 'A distant View of Edinburgh'

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert John Thornton, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 June 1804
NPG D34337

Colin Milne with 'A View of Greenwich Hospital', by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell, and probably by  James Newton, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D34346

Colin Milne with 'A View of Greenwich Hospital'

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell, and probably by James Newton, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1804
NPG D34346

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists', by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert John Thornton, after  Thomas Uwins, and after  Unknown artist - NPG D34356

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists'

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert John Thornton, after Thomas Uwins, and after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1804
NPG D34356

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists', by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert John Thornton, after  Thomas Uwins, and after  Unknown artist - NPG D39221

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists'

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert John Thornton, after Thomas Uwins, and after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1804
NPG D39221

Daniel Rutherford with 'A distant View of Edinburgh', by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert John Thornton, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D39950

Daniel Rutherford with 'A distant View of Edinburgh'

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert John Thornton, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 June 1804
NPG D39950

Daniel Rutherford, by William Holl Sr, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D5861

Daniel Rutherford

by William Holl Sr, after Sir Henry Raeburn
stipple engraving, 1804
NPG D5861

Aylmer Bourke Lambert, by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell, and by  John George Landseer, after  Ramsay Richard Reinagle, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D34335

Aylmer Bourke Lambert

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell, and by John George Landseer, after Ramsay Richard Reinagle, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 10 April 1805
NPG D34335

Joseph Townsend with 'View of the Escurial by Moon Light', by William Holl Sr, after  John Opie, and by  Thomas Milton, after  John Townsend, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D34350

Joseph Townsend with 'View of the Escurial by Moon Light'

by William Holl Sr, after John Opie, and by Thomas Milton, after John Townsend, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published December 1805
NPG D34350

Aylmer Bourke Lambert, by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell, and by  John George Landseer, after  Ramsay Richard Reinagle, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D37136

Aylmer Bourke Lambert

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell, and by John George Landseer, after Ramsay Richard Reinagle, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 10 April 1805
NPG D37136

Joseph Townsend with 'View of the Escurial by Moon Light', by William Holl Sr, after  John Opie, and by  Thomas Milton, after  John Townsend, published by  Robert John Thornton - NPG D40067

Joseph Townsend with 'View of the Escurial by Moon Light'

by William Holl Sr, after John Opie, and by Thomas Milton, after John Townsend, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published December 1805
NPG D40067

Sir John Bayley, 1st Bt, by William Holl Sr, after  William Russell - NPG D21519

Sir John Bayley, 1st Bt

by William Holl Sr, after William Russell
stipple engraving, (circa 1808)
NPG D21519

Abraham Rees, by William Holl Sr, published by  Longman & Co, after  John Opie - NPG D39667

Abraham Rees

by William Holl Sr, published by Longman & Co, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1811 (1796)
NPG D39667

Abraham Rees, by William Holl Sr, published by  Longman & Co, after  John Opie - NPG D19503

Abraham Rees

by William Holl Sr, published by Longman & Co, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1811
NPG D19503

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, by William Holl Sr, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  Robert William Satchwell, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D36565

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

by William Holl Sr, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1 September 1815 (circa 1533-1534)
NPG D36565

William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, by William Holl Sr, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  Robert William Satchwell, after  Unknown artist - NPG D39495

William Paget, 1st Baron Paget

by William Holl Sr, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, circa 1815-1820
NPG D39495

William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, by William Holl Sr, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  Robert William Satchwell, after  Unknown artist - NPG D39496

William Paget, 1st Baron Paget

by William Holl Sr, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, circa 1815-1820
NPG D39496

John Selden, by William Holl Sr, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, published by  Harold Crease, after  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  Unknown artist - NPG D40642

John Selden

by William Holl Sr, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, published by Harold Crease, after Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1815
NPG D40642

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, by William Holl Sr, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D25795

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke

by William Holl Sr, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1816
NPG D25795

John Harrison, by William Holl Sr - NPG D27239

John Harrison

by William Holl Sr
stipple engraving, published 1816
NPG D27239

Thomas Dunham Whitaker, by William Holl Sr, published by  Robinson, Son & Holdsworth, published by  J. Hurst, after  James Northcote - NPG D37561

Thomas Dunham Whitaker

by William Holl Sr, published by Robinson, Son & Holdsworth, published by J. Hurst, after James Northcote
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1816
NPG D37561

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