George Sanders, Engraver

(fl. 1837-1866)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a native of Exeter where he was born in 1810. In 1837 he was in London practising as an engraver, and he exhibited a study for a picture at the Royal Academy in 1844. He came to Dublin in 1845, and was engaged by Thomas Cranfield, of Grafton Street, the print-seller and publisher, as an engraver, and he worked for him for several years. His large mezzotints, chiefly of portraits after Catterson Smith, are well known. These include the portraits of "Queen Victoria," "Lord John George Beresford," Archbishop of Armagh; "Francis Blackburne," Chief Justice; "Sir Edward Blakeney," "Lord Clarendon," "Sir Philip Crampton," "The Earl of Eglinton," Lord Lieutenant; "General Sir Rowland Hill," Sir Henry Marsh," "Hon. Richard Ponsonby," Bishop of Derry; "Richard Whateley," Archbishop of Dublin. He engraved a portrait of "Archdeacon John Torrens," after J. G. Middleton, which was published by T. Cranfield. His print of "Richard Ponsonby" was in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1847, and in the same year he also exhibited three historical drawings. His name again appears as an exhibitor in 1853 with "The Gleaner's Return," and in 1858 he contributed five landscapes. Soon after this he returned to London, and in 1861 exhibited his print of "Sir Edward Blakeney" at the Royal Academy. He also exhibited "General Torrens" and two other prints in 1864; "Sir Culling Eardly," after Roeting, in 1865, and "Lord Rivers," after the Hon. H. Graves, in 1866. His name no longer occurs after this date.

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