William Savage

(1770—1843) printer and engraver

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His Dictionary of the Art of Printing (1841)—a remarkable compendium—includes both J. Moxon’s descriptions of older practices and accounts of the latest techniques. It contains the first published specimens of electrotype (under ‘Galvanism’). Savage’s special interest was in improving printing inks. His sumptuous Practical Hints on Decorative Printing (1822) displays specimens of colour printing from as many as fourteen blocks, and some magnificent gold printing.

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