- Also known as
primary name: Kirkall, Elisha
misidentification: Kirkall, Edward
- individual; printmaker; British; Male
- Life dates
- Vine (Wine) Office Court, Fleet Street (1721-4: see Burlington Mag. 1998, p.95, n.10)
- Printmaker, traditionally wrongly called 'Edward'. b. Sheffield, to London c.1700. Worked in a wide variety of types and genres. Used a unique charoscuro technique in the 1720s combining woodcut, etching and mezzotint (see curator's comment for X,6.108). Sloane formed a large collection of 57 of his coloured prints, which he bequeathed to the BM (X,6.87 to 143: see sv.X,6.1).
Photograph of trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,59.97) advertising "All sorts of Engraving as Steel & Silver Sealls [sic] with Flat Stitch upon Copper Plates Large or small & all Coats of Arms according to true Heraldry by E. Kirkall. Against ye Morris Dancers in St. Martins Le grand." Heal's annotations on mount: "Bagford Bills. Circa 1715. See back of mount for Kirkall's receipt 1722 (Heal,59.98). Bryan's 'Dictionary of Painters & Engravers' says Edward Kirkall was born at Sheffield about 1695 & is supposed to have engraved plates in an edition of Terrence issued in 1712. He engraved bookplates also. Pope in his 'Dunciad' says 'In flowers & pearls bounteous [sic] Kirkall drest [sic]' referring to his liberal decorations in his portraits of the day. In 1724 he was in Wine Office Court, Fleet St." Heal,59.98 is a subscription receipt stating "London 1772. Received of_____One Guinea being the first Payment for 12 Prints in Claro Obscuro which I Promise to deliver when Finished on the Payment of One Guinea more. Witness my Hand: E Kirkall." Heal's annotations on mount: "See front of mount for photograph of Kirkall's trade-card (Heal,59.97)"
- Edward Hodnett 'Elisha Kirkall c.1682-1742, Master of White Line Engraving in Relief and Illustrator of Croxall's Aesop' in the Book Collector, 1976 (reprint in P&D Library at Ar.5.3,11)