William Woollett

(1735—1785) printmaker

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(b Maidstone, 15 Aug. 1735; d London, 23 May 1785). English printmaker. He was one of the outstanding reproductive printmakers of his time, his work being admired on the Continent as well as in Britain. He established his reputation in 1761 with his print after Richard Wilson's Destruction of the Children of Niobe, and his greatest success came in 1776 with the Death of Wolfe after Benjamin West. In the same year he was appointed engraver to George III. Usually he began his plates in etching and finished them in engraving.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.

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