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BOYDELL , JOSIAH ( 1752 - 1817 ), painter and illustrator .

Born at the Manor House , Hawarden, Flints. , 18 Jan. 1752 , nephew of John Boydell , engraver and printseller , London . Josiah was taken to London by his uncle and received training from him and Richard Earlom ; afterwards young Boydell and Joseph Farrington were engaged by the uncle to make drawings for the engravers from pictures in the Houghton Collection before they were removed to the Hermitage , Leningrad . Josiah prepared several of the subjects for the ‘ Shakespeare Gallery ’ issued by John Boydell ; he also painted a portrait of his uncle . His first picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1772 ; afterwards, until 1799 , a number of his portraits and historical subjects were on view there. He also made several mezzotints after Van Dyck and Rembrandt .

He d. at Halliford , Middlesex , 27 March 1817 , and was buried in Hampstead Churchyard.


  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 (1912) ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , 1926 , 117.
  • Journal of the Flintshire Historical Society


Reverend Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Published date: 1959