William and Edward Francis Finden

Engravers, based in London. The brothers worked jointly, overseeing a large workshop employing many assistants and pupils of the trade. They specialized in landscape, although they also undertook many portraits. Williamʼs achievements in steel‐engraving include the vignettes after Stothard for Samuel Rogerʼs Italy (1830) and Rogersʼs Poems (1834), complementing Edward Goodallʼs work after Turner for those volumes. Edwardʼs well‐known works include the plates for William Brockedonʼs Illustrations of the Passes of the Alps (1827‐29). The brothers enjoyed a long relationship with the firm of John Murray, for example contributing significantly to the 1841 edition of Byronʼs Childe Haroldʼs Pilgrimage .
The Findens attempted publishing in their own right, issuing for example Findenʼs Landscape Illustrations to Mr. Murrayʼs First Complete and Uniform Edition of the Life and Works of Lord Byron (1832‐34). Because these projects proved so ambitious, however, the brothers ultimately relied on collaborations with other publishers. Such was the case, for example, with Findenʼs Landscape Illustrations to the Bible (1834‐37).
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