John Harris

(1791—1873) artist and facsimilist

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Name of three English artists, grandfather, son, and grandson, of whom the middle (1791–1873), in the bibliophile climate of the age, won acclaim for his skill as a facsimilist. His copies could hardly be told from the original, with the result that in 1843 the Trustees of the British Museum (seebritish library), where he was employed, ordered that he sign his imitations. He also worked for collectors such as Earl Spencer, Libri, and Melzi. His son followed him in the same calling, but with less success.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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