Moses, Henry (DNB00)

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MOSES, HENRY (1782?–1870), engraver, worked throughout the first half of the present century, enjoying a great reputation for his outline plates, which are distinguished for the purity and correctness of the drawing. His art was peculiarly suited to the representation of sculpture and antiquities, and he published many sets of plates of that class; he was one of the engravers employed upon the official publication 'Ancient Marbles in the British Museum,' 1812-1845. Of the works wholly executed by himself the most important are: 'The Gallery of Pictures painted by Benjamin West,' 12 plates, 1811; 'A Collection of Antique Vases, Altars, &c., from various Museums and Collections,' 170 plates, 1814; 'Select Greek and Roman Antiquities,' 36 plates, 1817; 'Vases from the Collection of Sir Henry Englefield,' 40 plates, 1819; 'Examples of Ornamental Sculpture in Architecture, drawn by L. Vulliamy,' 36 plates, 1823; illustrations to Goethe's 'Faust,' after Retzsch, 26 plates, 1821; illustrations to Schiller's 'Fridolin' and 'Fight with the Dragon,' 1824 and 1825; Noehden's 'Specimens of Ancient Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily,' 24 stipple plates, 1826; 'Works of Canova,' with text by Countess Albrizzi, 3 vols. 1824-8; and 'Selections of Ornamental Sculpture from the Louvre,' 9 plates, 1828. Moses also contributed many of the illustrations to Hakewill's 'Tour of Italy,' 1820, and 'Woburn Abbey Marbles,' 1822; he etched from his own designs 'Picturesque Views of Ramsgate,' 23 plates, 1817; 'Sketches of Shipping' and 'Marine Sketch Book,' 1824 (reissued by Ackermann, 1837); and 'Visit of William IV, when Duke of Clarence, to Portsmouth in 1827,' 17 plates, 1830. Moses's latest work was a set of twenty-two illustrations to 'Pilgrim's Progress,' after H. C. Selous, executed for the Art Union of London, 1844. He died at Cowley, Middlesex, 28 Feb. 1870.

[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists; Dodd's Collections in British Museum, Add. MS. 33403; Universal Cat. of Books on Art.]

F. M. O'D.