EDWARDS, William Camden

1777 - 1855

Born in Monmouthshire, South Wales in 1777. In the early part of the 1800’s he came to Bungay and joined printer Charles Brightly (1762-1821) where Edwards was the engraver of many illustrations for the early works of Brightly, also being used in later editions by Brightly & Childs. He exhibited at the Norwich Society of Artists, from Bungay 1815-1819 a series of prints & engravings. After Brightly’s death in 1821 he left Bungay but later returned, working on his own account as an historical engraver, and living at Upper Olland Street in Pigot’s 1823-39 directories and Kelly’s 1846-1853. His wife died at Bungay ‘a sufferer for three and a half years from paralysis’ on 19 June 1850, aged 80. He died at his home in rooms on the Flixton Road, Bungay at 2 am on 22 August 1855 and buried in Bungay cemetery five days later, the first adult to be buried there. A complete collection of his engravings was in the collection of Great Yarmouth banker, Dawson Turner, which are now in the British Library.