Carlisle from Stanwix
Coloured engravingpublished 15 September 1815
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About the artist
Joseph Powell, watercolour painter and printmaker, was probably a pupil of topographical artist and printmaker Benjamin Thomas Pounce. Powell first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1796. He was connected with Michael ‘Angelo’ Rooker and published an engraving after Rooker’s drawing of Netley Abbey in 1800. Powell also etched engravings after works by Old Masters. In 1810, he made a series of soft ground etchings of scenes in Egypt. By this time he was living in Old Cavendish Street. He moved twice before settling at Allsop’s Buildings, between Baker Street and Regent’s Park. In 1831, he became the President of the newly established New Society of painters in Watercolours. He died in 1834, leaving a wife, Harriet, and eight children.
John George Landseer was born in Lincoln; the son of a jeweller. After moving to London, he was apprenticed to W. Byrne. His earliest work was for J. Farington’s ‘Views in the Lake Country’ (1784-88). He also produced plates for D. Hume’s ‘History of England’ (1792-93) and engraved P. J. de Loutherbourg’s Bible vignettes (1794). His children include engraver Thomas (1793/4-1880), painter Charles (1799/1800-1879), painter Sir Edwin (1802-1873) and miniaturists Jessica (1807-1880) and Emma (1809-1895). He campaigned for engravers to be full members of the Royal Academy, becoming an associate in 1806. He published his ‘Lectures on the Art of Engraving’ (1807) and two short-lived journals. From 1837 he was engraver to William IV. He died at 89.