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Boydell, John

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Notes: John Boydell (1720–1804), engraver and printseller, was born Dorrington, Shropshire, but moved with his family to Hawarden, Flintshire, as a child. He was inspired to become an engraver after seeing a print of Hawarden Castle and the surrounding countryside and became apprenticed in 1741, aged twenty, for a firm of engravers in Holborn. He returned to Wales in 1748 to marry his sweetheart, Elizabeth Lloyd, and spent the honeymoon drawing views of Snowdonia, Welsh castles and the High Peak. He became an alderman in 1782, and was referred to after that as Alderman Boydell. ODNB.

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