Joseph Swain (Biographical details)

Joseph Swain (printmaker; British; Male; 1820 - 1909)

Also known as

Swain, Joseph; Joseph Swain & Son; J. Swain & Son


Major London wood-engraver, with contract for blocks for Punch. The signature, "Swain", appears on blocks cut in his large workshop (later J.Swain & Son) and does not necessarily indicate that he cut them himself. The BM purchased a large collection of proofs from the firm in 1908 (1908,0414.399 to 1063) and 1912 (1912,0612.181 to 480).


R K Engen, Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers, 1985