Samuel Cousins

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Apprenticed from 1814 to engraver Samuel Reynolds, during which time he engraved many of the 360 mezzotints illustrating the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds. He established himself as an independent engraver, publishing his first plates in 1826. As well as publishing on his own behalf, he was also employed by many leading print publishers. Working on steel plates, Cousins used a combination of stipple engraving and etching processes. His most commercially successful work was his prints after popular paintings. Elected an associate engraver of the Royal Academy in 1835, Cousins exhibited his engravings there from 1837. In 1855, he was one of only two engravers to be elected Royal Academician.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Samuel Cousins




oil on canvas


H 91.4 x W 71.1 cm

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Given by the artist's daughter, Emily Leakey, 1906

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