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Captain William Baillie

Irish, 1723 - 1810

Retired from the army in 1761; commissioner of stamps from 1773-1795. Amateur printmaker, who became a quasi-professional. Sold all his plates to Boydell (who reprinted them in a collected edition in 1792 and 1803), but continued to etch. Main business was as a picture dealer, and he was the main agent for the Earl of Bute. Died Paddington 22 December 1810, and his posthumous sale was held at Christie's on 15 March 1811.