William Walker (Biographical details)

William Walker (dealer/auction house; British; Male; 1860s - 1913; dead)

Also known as

Walker, William

Address

16 Finsbury Square (until 1888) 47 Caversham Road, London NW (from 1889)

Biography

Print dealer and restorer, and 'son and grandson of distinguished mezzotint engravers' (according to Colvin's report of 6 March 1895). He was the son of William Walker (1838-92), and grandson of William Walker (1791-1867). Wrote a chapter on English engraving in Henri Delaborde, 'Engraving: Its Origins, Processes and History' (1886) in which he particularly praises the work of his grandfather. He sold large numbers of miscellaneous prints, mostly English or portraits to the BM from 1883 onwards, which he individually priced. He also acted as a freelance restorer, and did much work on the BM mezzotints for which he was the only restorer whom Colvin trusted (see reports 6 March 1895, 7 December 1896, 12 November 1898, and 5 May 1900). He later worked on the Cheylesmore collection for the BM.

Bibliography

Posthumous sale Sotheby 16 June 1913