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John Boydell

Dates: 1719-1804
Notes:
The father of the great arts in Britain. He elevated engraving to an art in England so much so that English prints became highly valued. He also established the Shakespeare Gallery, seeking to create a British school of painting with the end goal of publishing an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's works, which was eventually printed by William Bulmer.
References:
Page 819: Timperley, C.H. Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote, London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842.
Occupations: engraver, print seller, publisher

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