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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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William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, by William Holl Sr, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  Harold Crease, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D40120

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke

by William Holl Sr, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, and published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Harold Crease, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1816
NPG D40120

Ralph Thoresby, by William Holl Sr, published by  Robinson, Son & Holdsworth, published by  J. Hurst, after  Unknown artist - NPG D40308

Ralph Thoresby

by William Holl Sr, published by Robinson, Son & Holdsworth, published by J. Hurst, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1816
NPG D40308

Miles Atkinson, by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell - NPG D7428

Miles Atkinson

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell
stipple engraving, published 1816
NPG D7428

Miles Atkinson, by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell - NPG D7429

Miles Atkinson

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell
stipple engraving, published 1816
NPG D7429

John Buckner, by William Holl Sr, after  Thomas Uwins - NPG D32317

John Buckner

by William Holl Sr, after Thomas Uwins
stipple engraving, (1817)
NPG D32317

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, by William Holl Sr, after  Harold Crease, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D33447

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh

by William Holl Sr, after Harold Crease, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D33447

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, by William Holl Sr, after  Harold Crease, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D33448

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh

by William Holl Sr, after Harold Crease, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1817
NPG D33448

James Watson; Arthur Thistlewood; Thomas Preston; John Hooper, by William Holl Sr, published by and after  George Scharf - NPG D18602

James Watson; Arthur Thistlewood; Thomas Preston; John Hooper

by William Holl Sr, published by and after George Scharf
stipple engraving, published 7 July 1817
NPG D18602

James Watson; Arthur Thistlewood; Thomas Preston; John Hooper, by William Holl Sr, published by and after  George Scharf - NPG D8063

James Watson; Arthur Thistlewood; Thomas Preston; John Hooper

by William Holl Sr, published by and after George Scharf
stipple engraving, published 7 July 1817
NPG D8063

John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon, by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert Cribb & Son, after  William Behnes - NPG D36133

John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert Cribb & Son, after William Behnes
stipple engraving, published 1 April 1818
NPG D36133

John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon, by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert Cribb & Son, after  William Behnes - NPG D36134

John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert Cribb & Son, after William Behnes
stipple engraving, published 1 April 1818
NPG D36134

Lady Arabella Stuart, by William Holl Sr, published by  Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  William Hilton, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D15195

Lady Arabella Stuart

by William Holl Sr, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Paul van Somer
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1818
NPG D15195

James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran, by William Holl Sr, after  Cornelis Ketel - NPG D25177

James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran

by William Holl Sr, after Cornelis Ketel
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D25177

John Milton, by William Holl Sr, after  William Faithorne - NPG D30113

John Milton

by William Holl Sr, after William Faithorne
stipple engraving, published 1819
NPG D30113

Percy Bysshe Shelley, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Amelia Curran - NPG D6851

Percy Bysshe Shelley

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Amelia Curran
stipple and line engraving, (1819)
NPG D6851

Henry Erskine Johnston as Sir Robert Ramble in Mrs Inchbald's 'Every One has His Faults', by William Holl Sr, after  Thomas Charles Wageman, published by  Simpkin and Marshall - NPG D38698

Henry Erskine Johnston as Sir Robert Ramble in Mrs Inchbald's 'Every One has His Faults'

by William Holl Sr, after Thomas Charles Wageman, published by Simpkin and Marshall
stipple engraving, Published 1822
NPG D38698

Charles Calvert, by William Holl Sr, published by and after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D32540

Charles Calvert

by William Holl Sr, published by and after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 15 April 1823
NPG D32540

Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington, by William Holl Sr, after  William Haines, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D34158

Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington

by William Holl Sr, after William Haines, after Paul van Somer
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D34158

Henry Grey Bennet, by William Holl Sr, published by and after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D1052

Henry Grey Bennet

by William Holl Sr, published by and after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D1052

Henry Grey Bennet, by William Holl Sr, published by and after  Abraham Wivell - NPG D1053

Henry Grey Bennet

by William Holl Sr, published by and after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D1053

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