- William Darling
- Also known as
primary name: Darling, William
other name: Darling & Thompson
- individual; printmaker; publisher/printer; British; Male
- Life dates
- 3 Great Newport Street, London (1770 - 1789)
- Engraver, publisher and printseller. Apprenticed to Matthew Darly in 1752. We are grateful to Nigel Tattersfield (email October 2020) for the followng information:
"Darling resided in an Islington madhouse from at least 31 May 1788, when he was described as 'formerly engraver of Newport Street' and was the subject of 'a commission and inquisition into lunacy, into his state of mind and his property' (National Archives, C211/7/D54). William Darling was probably suffering from dementia by this stage but he had been well enough to make a will dated 26 July 1787 in which he left virtually everything to his wife Mary and bequeathed a mourning ring to his erstwhile apprentice James Mackey [sic] for 'his diligent and faithful service'. (There are several trade cards signed by Macky in the BM.) The will was proved 18 April 1789 (National archives, PROB 11/1177/320).
As Tattersfield notes, the partnership with John Peter Thompson, trading as Darling & Thompson (see separate entries), was made by Darling's wife Mary. 'He was a gross fat man and very funny'. Trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,59.48) advertises "Darling, Engraver in General in Great Newport Street, St. Martin's Lane near Long Acre, London. Coats of Arms, Compliment & Visiting Cards, Tradesman's Shop Bills & Bills of Parcels Engraved & Printed in the neatest manner. NB. Copper Plates for Callico Printers Engrav'd at the most Reasonable Prices." Heal's annotations on mount: "No.3, Great Newport St. Fincham gives him at above between 1760 & 1790. 1793 Directory gives him at above between 1760 & 1790." Made trade cards in Heal Collection (Heal,106.12 and 106.16) and Banks Collection (D,2.4070, D,2.1305 & D,2.1420).
- Lennox-Boyd (Stubbs) p.5
Ms. notes in "Portraits of Characters who were constant attendants at Hutchins Auctions", PD 210*.c.4