Cardon, Anthony (DNB00)

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CARDON, ANTHONY (1772–1813), engraver, was the son and pupil of Antoine Alexandre Joseph Cardon, a Flemish painter and engraver, who engraved a portrait of George, prince of Wales (1766), and was employed on plates for Hamilton's ‘Etruscan Antiquities.’ He was born in 1772 at Brussels and took many prizes at the Academy there. During the troubles in the Low Countries in 1792 he came to England, with a letter of introduction to Mr. Colnaghi, who gave him immediate employment, and he became known by his engravings for book illustration. He studied three years under his friend Schiavonetti, and in 1807 received the gold medal of the Society of Arts for his engraving of the ‘Battle of Alexandria,’ after De Loutherbourg. He also engraved the ‘Battle of Maida,’ after the same artist; plates of the ‘Campaign against Tippoo Sahib;’ the ‘Presentation of Catharine of France to Henry V of England,’ after Stothard; ‘Salvator Mundi,’ after Carlo Dolci; ‘The Woman taken in Adultery,’ after Rubens; ‘The Rustic Minstrel,’ ‘Innocent Captivation,’ and ‘The Storming of Seringapatam,’ after Singleton, and portraits of George III, Mr. Pitt, Madame Récamier, the Duchess of Beaufort, the Emperor Alexander, Napoleon, &c., after various artists. He engraved in stipple and had attained considerable reputation when he died from over-application on 17 Feb. 1813, in London Street, Fitzroy Square. His son, Philip Cardon, was educated as an engraver, drew beautifully in Indian work, and died about 1817.

[Redgrave's Dict. of Artists, 1878; Bryan's Dict. of Painters (Graves), Nagler's Künstler-Lexicon; Gent. Mag. 1808, 1813, and 1816.]

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