Williams, Samuel, 1788-1853

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Williams, Samuel, 1788-1853

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Samuel Williams (1788-1853), wood engraver. Williams cut several blocks for Master Humphrey’s Clock. When Hablot Browne and George Cattermole were both unavailable to draw an illustration needed for The Old Curiosity Shop, Dickens asked Williams to draw it. Williams was celebrated as an engraver who could also design. The famous scene of Little Nell asleep in her bedroom was designed and executed by Williams. He also provided woodcuts for William Howitt’s Rural Lives of England (1838). Among his best cuts from the designs of other artists are those in Wiffens edition of Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered (1823). Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen (1792-1836), translator of Tasso, and librarian at Woburn Abbey from 1821.


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