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William Ridley

(1764-1838), Stipple engraver

Artist associated with 102 portraits
William Ridley worked as an illustrator for a variety of magazines. He engraved over 400 portraits after artists including Beechey, Gainsborough, Lawrence, Opie, Raeburn and Reynolds.

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King Henry VI, by William Ridley, published by  Charles Cooke - NPG D23759

King Henry VI

by William Ridley, published by Charles Cooke
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23759

Tobias George Smollett, by William Ridley, published by  Charles Cooke - NPG D6800

Tobias George Smollett

by William Ridley, published by Charles Cooke
stipple engraving, 1790s-1800s
NPG D6800

Tobias George Smollett, by William Ridley - NPG D6801

Tobias George Smollett

by William Ridley
stipple engraving, 1790s-1800s
NPG D6801

Peter Whalley, by William Ridley, published by and after  Edward Harding - NPG D8296

Peter Whalley

by William Ridley, published by and after Edward Harding
stipple engraving, published 1791
NPG D8296

Peter Whalley, by William Ridley, after  Edward Harding - NPG D8297

Peter Whalley

by William Ridley, after Edward Harding
stipple engraving, published 1791
NPG D8297

Roger Kemble, by William Ridley, published by  Bellamy and Robarts, after  Thomas Beach - NPG D13241

Roger Kemble

by William Ridley, published by Bellamy and Robarts, after Thomas Beach
stipple engraving, published 1791
NPG D13241

John Wesley, by William Ridley, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D2979

John Wesley

by William Ridley, after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published March 1792
NPG D2979

King Henry V, by William Ridley, published by  Charles Cooke - NPG D23746

King Henry V

by William Ridley, published by Charles Cooke
stipple engraving, published 23 November 1793
NPG D23746

William Macready, by William Ridley, after  John Edmond Halpin (Halpen) - NPG D5185

William Macready

by William Ridley, after John Edmond Halpin (Halpen)
stipple engraving, published 1794
NPG D5185

William Macready, by William Ridley, published by  John Parsons, after  John Edmond Halpin (Halpen) - NPG D5186

William Macready

by William Ridley, published by John Parsons, after John Edmond Halpin (Halpen)
stipple engraving, published May 1794
NPG D5186

John Thelwall, by William Ridley - NPG D15640

John Thelwall

by William Ridley
stipple engraving, published circa 1794
NPG D15640

Thomas Haweis, by William Ridley, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D8356

Thomas Haweis

by William Ridley, after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D8356

Adam Clarke, by William Ridley - NPG D2080

Adam Clarke

by William Ridley
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D2080

Mary Wollstonecraft, by William Ridley, published by  Thomas Bellamy, after  John Opie - NPG D2787

Mary Wollstonecraft

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1796
NPG D2787

Charles Macklin, by William Ridley, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D5171

Charles Macklin

by William Ridley, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D5171

Charles Macklin, by William Ridley, published by  Thomas Bellamy, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D5172

Charles Macklin

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1796
NPG D5172

Alexander Mather, by William Ridley - NPG D13658

Alexander Mather

by William Ridley
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D13658

Charles Macklin, by William Ridley, published by  Thomas Bellamy, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D14096

Charles Macklin

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1796
NPG D14096

Prince Hoare, by William Ridley, published by  Thomas Bellamy, after  James Northcote - NPG D14642

Prince Hoare

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after James Northcote
stipple engraving, published 1 September 1796
NPG D14642

Thomas Morton, by William Ridley, published by  Thomas Bellamy, after  William Naish - NPG D15642

Thomas Morton

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after William Naish
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1796
NPG D15642

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Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D.

21 May 2018, 17:17

“FOX. Engraved by W. Ridley, from an Original Drawing by W.H. Brown, To face Cormick, Vol. 3, p. 43. Printed for C. Cooke, 17 Paternoster Row. Jany 16. 1796.” From C.M. Cormick, The History of England, from the Death of George the Second to the Peace of 1783 (London: C. Cooke, [1796]), Vol. 3.

“Right. Honble Charles James. Fox. Painted by Drummond. Engraved by Ridley & Hall. Published by J. Aspurne at the Bible, Crown & Constitution, Cornhill Novr 1 1806.” From European Magazine [1806]

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