Johnson, Lawrence (DNB00)

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JOHNSON, LAWRENCE (fl. 1603), engraver, was one of the earliest native engravers practising in England. In 1603 he engraved a title-page and portraits to Richard Knolles's ‘Generall Historie of the Turkes’ (printed by Adam Islip). The portraits are, with the exception of that of Tamerlane, copied from those engraved by Theodore de Bry for Boissard's ‘Vitæ et icones sultanorum turcicorum,’ published at Frankfort-on-the-Maine in 1596. Johnson also engraved in the same year a half-length portrait of James I, which is of extreme rarity.

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