- Also known as
George Bickham the Younger
primary name: Bickham, George
pseudonym: Cotin, E
pseudonym: Ramano, M
pseudonym: Richardson, George
- individual; printmaker; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- c. 1706-1771
- Blackmoor's Head over against Surrey Street in the Strand (c.1740-1)
May's Buildings, Covent Garden (1745, 1749)
In an advertisement in the Daily Post, 13 April 1741, Bickham gives both the above addresses.
- Printmaker and publisher; son of George Bickham the Elder (q.v.). Prolific publisher of a very wide range of prints; first major publication, a series of engraved song sheets entitled 'The Musical Entertainer' (1737). Apprentices: William Austin (1747), and his nephew Thomas Butcher (1759; qq.v.). Some prints published by Bickham seem also to have been engraved/etched by him although lettered with pseudonyms. Announced his retirement on 25 April 1767 (Public Advertiser) stating that his business would be continued by Thomas Butcher (q.v.). Died in Richmond, Surrey, on 21 June 1771, leaving his property to his widow, Elizabeth; sale of his copper plates and rolling press advertised in the Public Advertiser, 9 January 1772.
Collaborated with his father, and many of their prints have not been properly identified; when there is any doubt, prints have been placed under George Bickham the Younger.
A broadside dated 1745 (1898,0520.166) describes Bickham's trade: 'Where all Sorts of Picture-Work, as well as Writing and Shopkeeper's Bills, are exectued in a neat Manner, and at the most reasonaable Rates. Authors and Booksellers may have Frontispieces and Cuts, for Books, design'd, drawn, and engraved in the best Taste, and printed in the cleanest Manner, to produce a beautiful Impression, at the lowest Prices: As also Pictures neatly framed and glazed: Where all Gentlemen, Merchants, City and Country Shopkeepers, and Chapmen, may be furnished at the best Hand.'