Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Artlett, Richard Austin

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ARTLETT, RICHARD AUSTIN (1807–1873), engraver, was born 9 Nov. 1807. He was a pupil of Robert Cooper, and afterwards of James Thomson. He engraved in the dotted manner a few figure-subjects, including ‘Boulogne in 1805’ and ‘Boulogne in 1855,’ after Absolon, and several portraits, among which are those of Lord Ashburton, after Sir Thomas Lawrence; Lord Lyndhurst, after A. E. Chalon; the Right Hon. Henry Goulburn and Sir James Emerson Tennent, after George Richmond; George Macdonald, after George Reid; Lady Clementina Villiers, after F. Winterhalter; and Mrs. Gladstone, after W. Say. He was, however, most distinguished as an engraver of sculpture, his plates of which in the ‘Art Journal’ are executed with great taste and delicacy. Among them may be mentioned ‘The Fawn,’ a statue by C. B. Birch; ‘The Virgin Mother,’ a group by Carrier-Belleuse; ‘The Leopard-Hunter,’ a statue by Jerichau; ‘The Day-Dream,’ a statue by P. MacDowell; ‘The Veiled Vestal,’ a statue by R. Monti; ‘Boadicea,’ a group by J. Thomas; the equestrian statue of Viscount Hardinge, and ‘Asia,’ one of the groups of the Albert Memorial, by J. H. Foley; ‘Christ giving sight to the Blind Man,' a group by J. D. Crittenden; and ‘Perdita and Florizel’ and ‘The Siren and the drowned Leander,’ groups by J. Durham, He died 1 Sept. 1873.

[Art Journ. 1873, p 377.]

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