William Henry Simmons

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William Henry Simmons (11 June 1811 – 10 June 1882 London) was a mezzotint engraver,


Simmons became a pupil of William Finden, the line engraver, but eventually he almost entirely abandoned that style of the art for mezzotinto, in which he attained a high degree of excellence.

Simmons died, after a short illness, at 247 Hampstead Road, London, on 10 June 1882, and was buried in Highgate cemetery.[1]


Several of his best-known plates are after pictures by Thomas Faed.[2] After Edwin Landseer he engraved Rustic Beauty (the single figure of a girl from the Highland Whisky Still).[3]

'Mixed method' engraving after George Henry Boughton - Too Near the War-Path[4]

Other works by him are

He engraved also many plates from paintings by Thomas Brooks, Henry O'Neil, George B. O'Neill, George Henry Boughton, Philip Richard Morris, Richard Ansdell, Henry Le Jeune, James Sant, Frank Stone, Edouard Frère, and others.

Simmons left unfinished The Lion at Home (after Rosa Bonheur) which was completed by Thomas Lewis Atkinson. His prints appeared at the Royal Academy between 1857 and 1882.


  1. ^  Graves, Robert Edmund (1897). "Simmons, William Henry". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 52. London: Smith, Elder & Co. sources: [The Art Journal, 1882, p. 224; Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, ed. Graves and Armstrong, 1886–89, ii. 500; Royal Academy Exhibition Catalogues, 1857–82.]
  2. ^ Highland Mary, Coming Events, Daddie's Coming, His only Pair, Sunday in the Backwoods, The Last of the Clan, New Wars to an Old Soldier, The Poor, the Poor Man's Friend, A Wee Bit Fractious, Baith Faither and Mither, and Happy as the Day's long.
  3. ^ Also Catharine Seyton, Odin, The Princess Beatrice on Donald, Royal Sports (the Queen in the Highlands), The Sick Monkey, On Trust, Balmoral, 1860, Queen Victoria (an oval), Dominion (Van Amburgh and his animals), The Fatal Duel, Well-bred Sitters that never say they are bored, and the smaller plates of The Sanctuary, The Maid and the Magpie, and The Taming of the Shrew.
  4. ^ Peters, Greg & Connie. "Too Near the War-Path". Art of The Print. Greg & Connie Peters. Retrieved 22 November 2010.

 "Simmons, William Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.