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James Carter (engraver)

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James Carter (engraver)

James Carter (1798–1855) was an English engraver.



Carter was born 23 December 1798 in the London parish of Shoreditch. While still young he gained the silver medal of the Society of Arts for drawing. He was first articled to Edmund Turrell, an architectural engraver, but later on concentrated on landscapes and figures.

James Carter married Sarah Emily Wise on 22 December 1823 and died on 23 August 1855, leaving his wife Sarah and nine daughters.


From 1830 to 1840 Carter was employed largely on engravings for the annuals, especially the Landscape Annual of Robert Jennings, for which he executed plates after Samuel Prout, David Roberts, and James Holland. He was also employed by John Weale, on numerous architectural works.

When the engravings from the Vernon Gallery appeared in the The Art Journal, Carter was given The Village Festival, painted by Frederick Goodall. It was followed in the same series by engravings from The Angler's Nook, painted by Patrick Nasmyth, and Hadrian's Villa, painted by Richard Wilson; Edward Matthew Ward then asked that Carter should engrave his picture The South Sea Bubble, and subsequently employed him to engrave Benjamin West's First Essay in Art, a plate he completed a short time before his death.

Other works by Carter were a plate from his own design of Cromwell dictating to Milton the Despatch on behalf of the Waldenses, and a portrait of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, after Samuel Drummond.


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