Griffith, Moses (fl.1769-1809) (DNB00)

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GRIFFITH, MOSES (fl. 1769–1809), draughtsman and engraver, was born 6 April 1749 at Trygain House in the parish of Bryn Groer in Llein, Carnarvonshire. His parents were of humble station, and he received a very elementary education ; but, being clever with his pencil, he was taken into service by Thomas Pennant [q. v.] about 1769. Pennant helped him to study drawing and engraving, and Griffiths became his constant companion on his tours and excursions, making the drawings and engravings for Pennant's numerous works. Griffiths obtained some proficiency both as a draughtsman and engraver. On leaving Pennant's service he settled at Wibnant, near Holyhead, where he obtained plenty of employment as an engraver, He was alive in 1809, when he wrote a letter defending himself from an attack to the ‘Gentleman's Magazine’ (Gent. Mag. 1809, pt. ii. 1112). Francis Grose [q. v.] employed him to engrave some of the plates in his ‘Antiquities.’

[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Pennant's Literary Life.]

L. C.