Francesco Bartolozzi

Francesco Bartolozzi
Portrait of Francesco Bartolozzi, Tate, London
Born21 September 1727
Florence, Italy
Died7 March 1815
Lisbon, Portugal
EducationIgnazio Hugford and Giovanni Domenico Ferretti
Known forEngraving

Francesco Bartolozzi RA (Florence, 21 September 1727 – 7 March 1815, Lisbon) was an Italian engraver, whose most productive period was spent in London. He is noted for popularising the "crayon" method of engraving.

Early life

Bartolozzi was born in Florence in 1727. He was originally destined to follow the profession of his father, a gold- and silver-smith, but he manifested so much skill and taste in designing that he was placed under the supervision of two Florentine artists, including Ignazio Hugford and Giovanni Domenico Ferretti who instructed him in painting. After devoting three years to that art, he went to Venice and studied engraving. He particularly admired the work of Joseph Wagner.[1]