Online Encyclopedia


Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 817 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: it!
WILLIAM WOOLLETT (1735-1785), English engraver, was born at Maidstone, of a family which came originally from Holland, on the 15th of August 1735. He was apprenticed to John Tinney, an engraver in Fleet Street, London, and studied in the St Martin's Lane academy. His first important plate was from the " Niobe " of Richard Wilson, published by Boydell in 1761, which was followed in 1763 by a companion engraving from the " Phaethon " of the same painter. After West he engraved his fine plate of the " Battle of La Hogue " (1781), and the " Death of General Wolfe " (1776), which is usually considered Woollett's masterpiece. In 1775 he was appointed engraver-in-ordinary to George III.; and he was a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists, of which for several years he acted as secretary. He died in London on the 23rd of May 1785. In his plates, which unite work with the etching-needle, the dry-point and the graver, Woollett shows the greatest richness and variety of execution. In his landscapes the rendering of water is particularly excellent. In his portraits and historical subjects the rendering of flesh is characterized by great softness and delicacy. His works rank among the great productions of the English school of engraving. Louis Fagan, in his Catalogue Raisonnt of the Engraved Works of William Woollett (1885), has enumerated 123 plates by this engraver.
End of Article: WILLIAM WOOLLETT (1735-1785)
JOHN WOOLMAN (1720-1772)

Additional information and Comments

I have a set of four paintings "SET OF FOUR SHOOTING PIECES" By William Woollett. I am looking for a appraisal value and would appreciate any help. Each picture bears his signature in the lower right corner. Thank you for your help, Gerald W. Nelson Yuma, Arizona
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.