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LINTON, William James, engraver, born in London, England, in 1812. He studied under George W. Bonner, an English engraver, quickly established a reputation as a draughtsman on wood, and, though painting occasionally in water colors, is best known as an engraver. He became a partner of Orrin Smith in 1842, and was engaged on the "London Illustrated News," in 1848 he was deputed to carry to the French provisional government the first congratulatory address from English workmen. In 1851, with others, he founded the "London Leader," and he was a manager of "Pen and Pencil" in 1855. He removed to the United States in 1867, settling first in New York and subsequently in New Haven, where he opened a large engraving establishment. He is a member of the American society of painters in water colors, and an associate of the National academy of design, His work includes his illustrations in the "History of Wood Engraving" for the "Illustrated London News" (1846-'7); in "Works of Deceased British Painters" for the "London Art Union" (1860); in Dr. Josiah G. Holland's "Katrina" (New York, 1869); in William Cullen Bryant's "Flood of Years" (1878), and "Thanatopsis" (1878). His literary works include "Claribel and other Poems" (London, 1865); "The Flower and the Star" (Boston, 1878), which he also illustrated and engraved; "Some Practical Hints on Wood Engraving" (1879); "A Manual of Wood Engraving" (1887); edited "Rare Poems of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries" (1882); and, with Richard H. Stoddard, "English Verse" (5 vols., New York, 1883).--His wife, Eliza Lynn, author, born in Keswick, England, in 1822, is the daughter of a clergyman. Since the appearance of her first novel, "Azeth, the Egyptian" (London, 1846), she has been connected with the press. She married Mr. Linton in 1858. She has recently acknowledged the authorship of a series of papers entitled "The Girl of the Period" that appeared anonymously in the "Saturday Review," and were collected in book-form (London, 1883), and of most of the papers on the woman question that have been published in that journal. Her other works include "Witch Stories" (1861); "The Lake Country," illustrated by her husband (1864); "The True History of Joshua Davidson" (1872); "Patricia Kemball" (1874); "The World Well Lost" (1877): "My Love" (1881); and the "Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland" (1885).
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