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Richard Earlom

1743–1822, London

Richard Earlom’s talents as a draughtsman were revealed at a very early age. After meeting the London publisher John Boydell in 1763 he subsequently became the unsurpassed master of English mezzotint engraving. Earlom’s most important prints arose in connection with the cycle of reproductive engravings after the paintings in the gallery at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, which Boydell published between 1774 and 1788.