famous engraver, who died on the 20th ult. while on a visit to
Sheffield, was in his eighty-sixth year, having been born at Edinburgh
on the 28th May 1796.
In youth he
displayed a taste for Art, and after studying in London under the
celebrated engraver, Mr G Cooke, he returned to his native place, and
soon acquired a reputation as a line engraver, being specially noted
for his reproductions in black-and-white of the works of JMW Turner,
He also executed a large
number of illustrations for Turner's
England and Wales
and for the works of Scott, Campbell, Rogers and others.
The greater part of his
work was of course done at a period already remote, but within the
last ten years he executed a series of vignette illustrations from
Birket Foster for
Turner always held Mr
Miller's engravings in the highest esteem, and Ruskin has said that on
the whole he was the best engraver after that great artist.
of the Frontispiece of
Ruskin says that the first vignette of the garden, with the cut hedges
and fountain is so consummate in its use of every possible artifice of
delicate line, that he thinks it cannot but with some of its
companions survive the refuse of its school and become classic.
Mr Miller who lived
chiefly in Edinburgh, was a member of the Society of Friends, and
amongst a large circle of acquaintances was no less loved for his
genial and kindly disposition , than admired for his artistic talents.
was twice married and leaves a widow, a son, and three daughters.
portrait is from a photograph by JG Tunny, 13, Maitland Street,
Graphic, 25 February 1882]