Luigi Schiavonetti(1765-1810), Printmaker
Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 24 portraits
Luigi Schiavonetti was one of England's most famous stipple engravers. Born in Italy, at the age of thirteen was apprenticed to Giulio Golini, after which he turned his talents to engraving. He imitated several of Francesco Bartolozzi's engravings with great success. These prints came to the attention of Bartolozzi himself, and when Schiavonetti came to London shortly thereafter, he made him his principal assistant. During his career, Schiavonetti engraved the portraits of such notables as the Duke of York, the Queen of Prussia and William Blake. He was regularly commissioned for such famous publications as Boydell's Shakespeare and Milton sets, Ottley's The Italian School of Design, and Wheatley's Cries of London.