Isaac Basire (Biographical details)

Isaac Basire (printmaker; British; Male; 1704 - 1768)

Also known as

Basire, Isaac


St. John's Court, near Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell, London 16 St John's Gate, Clerkenwell


Engraver, son of a Huguenot refugee, who seems to have been a soldier. Founder of the Basire engraver dynasty (for family tree see Goddard p.xvi); father of James Basire I and John Basire. Apprenticed to a silversmith and then to a metal engraver/letterpress printer. Worked mainly on maps and book illustrations, much for the publisher John Nourse. His invoices to Nourse (Goodard pp.54--6) show that Basire also printed the plates, and this must have been a significant part of his business.
Trade card in Heal Collection (Heal,59.10).


Richard Goddard, Drawing on Copper: the Basire family of copper-plate engravers and their works, Maastricht 2017.