CLOSE, SAMUEL

(fl. 1770-1807)

Engraver

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a native of Dublin and born deaf and dumb. He carried on business for many years as an engraver and jeweller, from 1770 to 1784 at the Ring and Pearl, Upper Blind Quay (15 Exchange Street), and from 1785 until his death at 134 Capel Street, where he also traded as a hatter. He did numerous illustrations for books and magazines, but owing to his intemperate habits was employed by the publishers at low prices. The "Hibernian Magazine" has many plates by him, such as a "portrait of Thomas Hardy" in 1794, and a "View of Merrion Square" in 1802. In Ferrar's "View of Dublin," 1796, are engravings by him of "The Custom House" and "Bellevue." He married in 1765 Elizabeth Barlow, and died in 1807.

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