John Boydell

etcher and publisher; Dorrington, Shropshire, 1719 – London 1804

“ His ambitious aim to raise English etching to the international level he achieved by large editions of prints after paintings of famous artists like R. Wilson, S. Rosa, N. Berchem, and others … B’s financial success enabled him to realize his greatest undertaking, the Shakespeare Gallery … He commissioned more than thirty eminent painters, including Füßli, W. Hamilton, A. Kauffmann, J. Opie, J. Reynolds, and G. Romney, to paint pictures from scenes of Shakespeare … As artist himself of second rank, B. nevertheless exerted an extraordinary effect on English art. Among the engravers employed by him were W. Blake, J. Dixon, and R. Earlom. For his great esteem B. had been elected mayor of London in 1790 ”

(Christian Hornig in AKL XIII [1996], p. 462).

“ … Congratulations on your (Hogarth) site. It’s a wonderful resource ”

(Mr. D. D., July 23, 2004)