Musée No:737.187Regular price £25.00
The Elevation of the Design for the Bank of England by Theodore Jacobsen Esqr
Artist: Paul Fourdrinier
Date: 1698 –1758
Paul Fourdrinier, (1698 –1758), an engraver and printseller, was born in the Netherlands. He was a pupil of Bernard Picart at Amsterdam for six years, and came to England in 1720. He was employed in engraving portraits and book illustrations. Strangely in a 19th century edition of the Dictionary of National Biography his works and career were assigned to two individuals, Peter (or Pierre) and Paul Fourdrinier, it is now considered to be an accidental misnaming. For 38 years he produced engravings for some of the most prominent people and projects in England and worked for a prominent publisher who comissioned engravings for both Dryden’s Works of Virgil and Milton’s Paradise Lost. He also accompanied the antiquarian Robert Wood, and the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Borra to the ruins of Baalbek and Pampyra in 1750-51.