James Godby

Dr Herschel. Engraving by James Godby
Dr Herschel. Engraving by James Godby after Friedrich Rehberg. London, 1814. © Trustees of the British Museum. Ee, 2.104.

GODBY, James (1772-1827) — London

Engraver, etcher and carver. Engraved William Marshall Craig, England expects every man to do his duty [Nelson planning the Battle of Trafalgar], incorporating Position of the combined forces Of France & Spain, at the commencement of the action 21st Octr. 1805, with Lord Nelson, Cape Trafalgar, bearing E.S.E. 4 Leagues 1806 for Edward Orme, for whom Godby executed much other work. Also known for his stipple-engraved portraits — including one of William Austin, and another of the astronomer William Herschel against a background of stars, also views — e.g. his engravings after P. Van Lerberghi for “Italian scenery” 1896, genre studies, etc.

Godby was born 20 Jun 1772 and baptised 5 Jul 1772 at St. James Westminster — the son of James and Polly Godby. His father was the carver of that name recorded in Berwick Street 1774-1798. Entered the RA Schools 14 Nov 1788. He was buried at St. Pancras 30 Sep 1827.

25 Norfolk Street, Fitzroy Square, near Middlesex Hospital — 1800-1810

Adams. Alexander. BBTI. BM. Bryan. COPAC. Exeter. Hake. Maxted (1977). ODNB.

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