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Edward Fisher

1722 Dublin – 1785 London

Edward Fisher, who had been working as a mezzotint engraver in London since 1758, was admitted to the Society of Artists in 1766. He soon won high esteem as a reproductive engraver. In 1762, Horace Walpole mentioned him in the same breath as Richard Houston and James McArdell, holding up the three of them as innovators of the mezzotint technique. Fisher first won popular acclaim with reproductive engravings after paintings by Joshua Reynolds, who dominated the London art scene at the time.