William Fowler (1761–1832), was an English artist.Fowler was born at Winterton, Lincolnshire, 12 March 1761. His father was Joseph Fowler, a builder at "The Chains" in West Street.William became an architect and builder at Winterton, and about 1796 made drawings of Roman pavements discovered there. These were so much admired that he took them to London to be engraved by his brother-in-law, Mr Hill. There he studied the process of copper-plate engraving, and in April 1799 brought out his own coloured engraving of a Roman pavement at Roxby. From that date until 30 January 1829 (the date of his latest engraving) he published three volumes of coloured engravings of twenty-five pavements, thirty-nine subjects from painted glass, five brasses and incised slabs, four fonts, and eight miscellaneous subjects. He also executed at least twenty-nine unpublished engravings, mostly of objects of antiquity. Many of the published plates are accompanied by printed broadsides. Most of the lettering on the plates was done by professed engravers. Those which he did himself are much more characteristic and interesting. He became acquainted with Sir Joseph Banks, Sir Walter Scott and other celebrities, and was presented on at least one occasion to the royal family at Windsor. Some of his work can be seen in North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe and Baysgarth House Museum in Barton-on-Humber.Fowler, though an earnest member of the church of England, was at the same time a ‘class-leader’ among the Methodists.He died 22 September 1832, and was buried at Winterton under a cruciform slab, in accordance with his wishes. Sir Joseph Banks once said: "Others have shown us what they thought these remains ought to have been, but Fowler has shown us what they are, and that is what we want." According to the Dictionary of National Biography his works are distinguished by a strict fidelity especially remarkable at the time. Whenever it was possible he worked from tracings, rubbings, &c., reducing the scale by means of the pantograph. It is said that he was the first to introduce the lead-lines in representations of painted glass. There is a characteristic portrait of him by W. Bond, from a painting by G. F. Joseph, A.R.A., dated 4 June 1810.
Preface dated, January 1869. -- Includes bibliographical references. -- Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., Printers, New-street Square, and Parliament Street.
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