Samuel Wheatley, Engraver

(d. 1771)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

A Dublin engraver of some merit who was living in Salutation Alley about 1745, and later in Anglesea Street. In 1744 he engraved a number of maps for the folio "Universal History," published in seven volumes by George Faulkner; and in Smith's "History of Waterford," 1746, is a map of the county of Waterford engraved by him. He engraved in 1745 or 1746 the ornamental border to the plate of the speech of the Earl of Chesterfield, with head by Andrew Miller. The print is inscribed: Sold by Saml. Wheatley in Salutation Alley, opposite Crane Lane. A "Map of Lough Neagh," engraved by him, is in "Lectures on Natural Philosophy," by Richard Barton, B.D., published in Dublin in 1751;* and he engraved the maps in "Geographica Antiqua, being a complete set of maps of ancient geography beautifully engraved from Cellarius in thirty-three copperplates, designed for the use of schools and of gentlemen who make the ancient writers their delight and study"; small oblong folio; published in Dublin in 1761. In 1763 Wheatley was "at Mr. Costigan's, ironmonger, at the Frying Pan in Anglesea Street, opposite Cope Street"; and here he engraved and published, price 1s. 1d., a small oval mezzotint portrait of "The Earl of Halifax," Lord Lieutenant, with his speech delivered in the Irish House of Parliament on 27th February, 1762-3. He also did a copy of Benjamin Wilson's etching of "Dean Swift." He died in Dame Street in 1771.

NOTE: * "A Perspective View of part of Lough Neagh," inscribed Domina Bush arte et ingenio insignis pinxit. T. Chambars aqua forte fecit, forms the frontispiece to this work. The artist was Letitia Bushe (see Vol. I, p. 142). At the end of the author's preliminary address is the note: "The frontispiece of this book was painted by a very ingenious lady almost from a verbal description, and yet her pencil has come so near nature that had she drawn from it would it be vain to have expected that she could have excelled it?"

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