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Henry Meyer

1782 – 1847

Henry Hoppner Meyer, thought to be the son of an engraver, was a nephew of the painter John Hoppner. He trained under Francesco Bartolozzi, whose influence persists in the dotted technique of much of Meyer’s work in stipple and mezzotint. Meyer worked mainly for print publishers and engraved over 250 works after masters of the English school. More at home engraving in copper than in steel, he did relatively little work for the book trade. Meyer's engraved work consists largely of portraits, including likenesses of George IV, Nelson, and Byron. He also painted a large number of portraits, both in oil and watercolour, exhibiting at the Royal Academy between 1821 and 1826. He was one of the founding members of the Society of British Artists and became its president in 1827. The National Portrait Gallery, London, has scores of his engravings.

Updated 2018