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William Faithorne

Born: 1616, UK, England, London   Died: 1691, London

Engraver. Apprenticed to the painter and printseller Sir Robert Peake. During the Civil War he fought for the Royalists and, though captured and held at Aldersgate, was allowed to continue his business as an engraver. In 1645 he escaped to France where he studied briefly under Robert Nanteuil (1623-1678). In 1650 he returned to London where he worked as an engraver and printseller in Temple Bar before retiring to Blackfriars in 1680. He published 'The Art of Graving and Etching' in 1662. He is best known as a portraitist producing engravings of Oliver Cromwell, John Milton, Cardinal Richelieu, Thomas Hobbes, and Charles I. In his later years he produced portraits in crayons. His son William (1656-1710) was a mezzotint engraver

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