SEGUIN, HENRY

(fl. c. 1780-1786)

Engraver

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a native of Dublin, descended from Paul Seguin, a Huguenot refugee from Guienne, who settled in Dublin and carried on business as a sugar-boiler. Henry entered the Dublin Society's Schools in 1780, and on leaving commenced practice as an engraver. He was one of the first Dublin artists to work in the stipple manner; an illustration to the "Sorrows of Werter" was published by him in 1784, and described as "finished in the new method of engraving called stipple engraving." His work was chiefly for the Dublin book-sellers. He contributed plates to the "Hibernian Magazine" and to Walker's "Historic Memoirs of the Irish Bards," 1786, including the frontispiece, a portrait of "Cormac Common." He was also much employed in copying the caricatures ofBunbury and others.

In August, 1785, he submitted to the Dublin Society the first two numbers of "a new work, now in course of publication, entitled 'School of Fencing,'" which was to contain fifty folio copper-plates done by him. The Society expressed itself pleased with the execution of the plates, and agreed to subscribe; this work, if ever actually published, has not been met with. Owing to ill-health Seguin was obliged to relinquish the practice of his profession. The date of his death is not known.

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