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EDWARDS , WILLIAM CAMDEN ( 1777 - 1855 ), engraver ,

is said to have been b. in Monmouthshire . At the age of 25 he went to Bungay in Suffolk , where he worked as an engraver for Brightly , the publisher of an illustrated edition of the Bible , which appeared in 1804 , and illustrated editions of Bunyan 's Pilgrim's Progress which appeared in 1805 and 1808 . Although he engraved also a number of illustrations of Scriptural subjects and several landscapes, including one after Salvator Rosa , Edwards excelled as an engraver of portraits . His work includes engravings of portraits after Reynolds , Lawrence , Richard Cosway , Ozias Humphrey , Kneller , Hoppner , Gainsborough , Samuel Cooper , and Opie . Dawson Turner ( 1775 - 1858 ), botanist and antiquary , owned a complete series of his engravings and etchings. Edwards d. 22 Aug. 1855 and was buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity at Bungay . Engravings by him are to be found in the British Museum , the South Kensington Museum , the National Museum of Wales , and the National Library of Wales .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Thieme-Becker ;
  • T. M. Rees , Welsh painters, engravers and sculptors, 1527–1911 (1912) .

Author:

Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959