Henry Meyer (Biographical details)

Henry Meyer (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male; 1780 - 1847)

Also known as

Meyer, Henry; Meyer, J Henry


62 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury (address on prints dated 1804 ['I. H. Meyer'], 1807, 1811, 1812, 1814, 1817, 1830) 3 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury (address on prints dated 1816, 1819, 1820, 1822, 1823-25, 1828; in Minutes of Society of British Artists, 21 May 1823; in Pigot's trade directory, 1829; on a print dated 1833 on external evidence) 10 Red Lion Square (also in Pigot's trade directory, 1829 - probably a typographical error) 78 St Martin's Lane (25 February and 13 April 1840 - Bankruptcy notices, 'London Gazette' - where former addresses noted as Greek Street, Gerard Street and the Barley Mow, Red Lion Street)


Painter and printmaker, working in mezzotint and stipple; born in London, son of John Meyer, hairdresser, and his wife Anna Torade Hoppner, who was the sister of John Hoppner (q.v.); pupil of Francesco Bartolozzi. 1805, married Maria Snow (1784-1856). 1821-26, exhibited at the RA; 1823, founder member of the Society of British Artists; 1827, vice president; 1828, president; 1829, resigned. Bankrupt, 1828/29 and again in 1840 when he was confined to the Debtors' Prison for Middlesex (London Gazette).
His name is sometimes given as Henry Hoppner Meyer; the publication line of a print from 1804 gives 'I. H. Meyer' at the address of 62 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, but 'Engraved by H. Meyer.' (see 1853,0112.1601). Later writers seem to have confused his name with that of his son Bernard Francis Hoppner Meyer (1811-88), known as Hoppner Meyer, who worked largely in North America.


Not included in Chaloner Smith
Auction catalogue of 100 copper plates, London (Thomas) 1829
R K Engen, 'Dictionary of Victorian Engravers, Print Publishers and Their Works', 1979
Peter Otton, 'Henry Meyer 1780-1847 Artist and Engraver', unpublished, (2013). Peter Otton, a descendant of Meyer's, has kindly provided a copy of his unpublished biography of Meyer for consultation in the Prints and Drawings department library. Where material in the biography of Meyer given here differs from that in the ODNB entry, Otton is the source.