- Also known as
primary name: Faden, William
- individual; publisher/printer; printmaker; British; Male
- Life dates
- Until 1800, corner St. Martin's Lane and the Strand, Charing Cross, London, when he moved a few doors along the Strand
- Important map engraver and publisher. 1764, apprenticed to James Wigley; in business with Thomas Jefferys junior (q.v.), 1771-76; retired in 1823 and was succeeded by his former apprentice James Wyld I.. His sister was married to the artist, John Russell. Billhead in Heal Collection (Heal,59.60) states "Bought of William Faden, Engraver, (successor to the late Mr. Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to the King)..." Heal's annotations on mount: "See Trade-card & billheads in A.H. collection of Thos. Jefferys, also billhead of James Wyld 'successor to Mr. Faden', 1829. Timperley's Dictionary of Printers gives on pp. 678 & 703: - W.Faden in 1749 printed 'Typographical Antiquities' by J.Ames. W. Faden in 1750 printed 'The Rambler', a footnote to this entry adds: - During Dr. Johnson's last illness he enquired of Mr. Boswell 'whether any of the family of Faden the printer were living. Being told that the geographer near Charing Cross, was Faden's son, he said after a short pause, 'I borrowed a guinea of his father near thirty years ago; be so good as to take this & pay it for me'." Another trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,82.6) advertises "William Faden, Geographer to the King (Successor to Mr. Thos. Jefferys)...Estates Surveyed and Plans accurately drawn; Variety of English & Foreign Maps, Charts, Plans &c. Fine Prints." Heal's annotations on mount: "Thos. Jefferys (1732-1771), map engraver of (1) Red Lyon Street near St. John's Gate (2) St. |Martin's Lane, near Charing Cross, died 1771 when he was succeeded by Wm. Faden - see Chubb's 'Printed Maps.' Compare billhead of T.Jefferys, engraver, dated 1756, at same address." Heal,82.5 is a bill-head stating "Bought of William Faden, Geographer to the King. Corenr of St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross. Successor to Mr. Jefferys." The bill is dated "London Jan.12th, 1784." Heal's annotations on mount similar to above.
- M. S. Pedley, ed., 'The map trade in the late eighteenth century: letters to the London map sellers Jefferys and Faden', 2000