William Nutter 1754 - 1802

born in:
United Kingdom

pupil of John Raphael Smith; engraved copies of Samuel Shelley's miniatures; Nutter, William (1759?–1802), engraver and draughtsman, is said to have been a pupil of John Raphael Smith and may have worked on stipples published under Smith's name in the 1780s. His name appears on a few prints published by Smith after 1785, including Smith's own design The Moralist (1787). He went on to engrave many good dotted plates after contemporary artists, twelve of them for the printseller Emanuel Matthias Diemar or his widow. The Benevolent Cottager (1788) after Francis Wheatley, Sunday Morning, a Cottage Family Going to Church (1795) after William Redmore Bigg, and Rosebud, or, The Judgment of Paris (1796) after Richard Westall, are typical enough of his better plates. The Destruction of the Bastille (1792) after Henry Singleton and The Burial of General Fraser (1794) after John Graham were unusually large and ambitious historical subjects. Nutter was a prolific engraver of the leading miniaturist Samuel Shelley, including those prepared for The Cabinet of Genius (1787), a collection of poems each adorned with an original design by Shelley. Much of Nutter's other output consisted of portraits, but he exhibited some allegorical designs at the Royal Academy in 1782 and 1783.