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date: 05 December 2019

Harvey, Williamlocked

(b Newcastle upon Tyne, July 13, 1798; d Richmond, London, Jan 13, 1866).
  • Justine Hopkins

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(b Newcastle upon Tyne, July 13, 1798; d Richmond, London, Jan 13, 1866).

English illustrator and engraver. He was the last pupil of Thomas Bewick, from whom he learnt the art of wood-engraving, assisting on the illustrations for the famous edition of the Fables of Aesop (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1818). In 1817 he moved to London, working in the studio of Benjamin Robert Haydon; his large woodcut of his master’s history painting, the Assassination of Dentatus (1806–9; Marquess of Normanby priv. col.), completed in 1821, was much admired. From 1824 he effectively abandoned wood-engraving and concentrated on designing illustrations on wood and cooper for various books ranging from editions of the Bible and Shakespeare to contemporary works, including such scientific publications as the Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society (Chiswick, 1830–31). He was meticulous in the accuracy of his designs, and his early training gave him rare insight into the requirements of engravers, making him popular with publishers and printers alike. As the fashion for illustrated books developed, Harvey’s career prospered. His masterpieces were ...

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