William Kilburn

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Kilburn, William, an artist and calico printer, was born in Capel-street, Dublin, 1st November 1745. He was the only son of an architect of some eminence, and was apprenticed to calico-printing, as a business likely to afford scope to his talent for design. Removing to London, he executed the plates for Curtis's Flora Londiniensis, engaged in calico-printing, and rapidly amassed a large fortune. He died 23rd December 1818, aged 73. Edmund Burke passed a bill through Parliament to protect Kilburn's designs from piracy.

Sources

114. Dublin Penny Journal. 4 vols. Dublin, 1832-'6.

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