Benjamin West (1738-1820) artist

George Henry Harlow (1787 - 1819)
James Fittler (1758 - 1835)

Engraving with chine collé

published 8 April 1817
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Boston
    Place: British Consulate-General
  • About the artist
    London-born engraver James Fittler exhibited two sketches at the Free Society of Artists, aged 17. He studied engraving at the Royal Academy Schools from 21 and exhibited there between 1788 and 1824, becoming an associate in 1800. He was later appointed marine engraver to George III. He contributed to Boydell’s ‘Shakespeare Gallery’ and co-published ‘Views of Weymouth’ (1790-91) and (with Robert Bowyer) an illustrated bible (1795), losing some £1500 in the later venture. He published engravings for John Claude Nattes's ‘Scotia Depicta’ (1804) and made reproductions of Raphael's ‘Cartoons’ (1810). His last published works illustrated Thomas Frognall Dibdin's ‘Account of the Mansion, Books, and Pictures, at Althorp’ (1822). He died aged 77.
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  • Details
    Title
    Benjamin West (1738-1820) artist
    Date
    published 8 April 1817
    Medium
    Engraving with chine collé
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Grosvenor Prints, May 2002
    Provenance
    With Grosvenor Prints, London; from whom purchased by the Government Art Collection in May 2002
    GAC number
    17712