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Samuel William Reynolds the Elder

1773–1835, London

Samuel William Reynolds studied in London under Charles Howard Hodges and John Raphael Smith and like his teachers soon began to specialise in portraits and mezzotints. Later the artist earned greater renown, including at the Paris Salon exhibitions, being highly esteemed as a printmaker in France and elsewhere. In 1820 Reynolds was appointed portrait engraver to George III, in which function he produced a series of over 350 portrait engravings after works by his namesake Joshua Reynolds, which appeared in four editions between 1821 and 1826.