W.N. Gardiner, Engraver, and Bookseller. Late of Pall Mall Celebrated by the Rev.d Mr. Dibden in his Bibliomania under the Character of Mustapha.
Stipple with large margins. Plate 171 x 103mm. 6¾ x 4". Very fine.
William Nelson Gardiner (1766-1814), the Irish engraver and bookseller who studied art at the Dublin Academy. c.1790 he moved to London and became a principal assistant to Francesco Bartolozzi. He engraved plates for Harding's Shakespeare, De Grammont's Memoirs, and Diana Beauclerk's illustrations to Dryden's Fables. His portraits, in particular, were highly sought after by publishers such as Boydell. Around 1800 he returned to Dublin and is said to have squandered all his money, committing suicide in 1814.
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