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Francis Jukes

Birth: 1745

Death:1812

Francis Jukes (1745-1812) was a prolific engraver and publisher, chiefly known for his topographical and shipping prints, the majority in aquatint. He worked alongside the great illustrators of the late eighteenth century. He contributed numerous plates to various publications of rural scenes. His early prints were published in collaboration with Valentine Green, and later worked in collaboration with the engraver and publisher Robert Pollard.

Born in Martley, Worcestershire in 1745. He became famous for his, engraving and aquatint work, particularly using a technique he developed with Paul Sandby (1725-1809), a Watercolourist. Sandby and Jukes combined engraving and aquatinting from 1774 onwards.[2] Notable work included Paul Sandby's "A New Drawing Book", published in 1779. At first a topographical painter, Jukes developed into an etcher and line engraver and later still learned the aquatint process. He was one of the first British aquatint engravers. It is thought he learnt the method from Sandby; some of his first aquatints are after Sandby's designs.

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