William Tassie

1777 - 1860

Glass engraver and portraitist. The nephew of successful engraver James Tassie (1735-99), Tassie inherited his business and his collection of medallions of the famous. Living and working in Leicester Square (London), he developed the business bringing further success. He also acquired the Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall when it was sold off by lottery and made a fortune by selling off the paintings.

Tassie bequeathed a large collection of medallions, cameos and intaglios by his uncle and himself to the Board of Manufactures in Edinburgh, which subsequently became the National Gallery of Scotland.

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