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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

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, printed and published by William Walker - NPG Ax15862

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell

printed and published by William Walker
albumen print, 1863, published 1865
NPG Ax15862

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Samuel Alexander Walker, printed and published by  William Walker - NPG Ax15857

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Samuel Alexander Walker, printed and published by William Walker
albumen print, 1864, published 1865
NPG Ax15857

William Ewart Gladstone, by William Walker - NPG Ax15866

William Ewart Gladstone

by William Walker
bromide print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15866

Thomas Milner-Gibson, by William Walker - NPG Ax15869

Thomas Milner-Gibson

by William Walker
albumen print, circa 1865
NPG Ax15869

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

John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton, by and published by William Walker - NPG Ax15849

John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
NPG Ax15849

Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh, by and published by William Walker - NPG Ax15851

Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh

by and published by William Walker
albumen print, published 1867
NPG Ax15851

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