Faithorne. I. William, an English engraver, born in London about 1625, died there in May, 1691. He was a pupil of Sir Robert Peake, served under him in the royal army, was captured at Basinghouse and confined in Alders-gate, and engraved several plates while in prison. He was at length released and went to France, where he received instruction from Robert Nanteuil. In 1650 he was permitted to return, and set up a shop near Temple Bar, where he did a large business in Italian, Dutch, and English prints, and also continued his professional work. He is most famous for his portraits, of which he produced a large number, including Cromwell, Prince Rupert, Milton, Sir Thomas Fairfax, Thomas Hobbes, and Robert Boyle. In 1662 he published a treatise on engraving and etching.
II. William, son of the preceding, born in 1656, died in 1686. Like his father, his best works were portraits; but he confined himself mainly to the mezzotint process. He became dissipated, and died early. Among his portraits are those of Mary, princess of Orange, Queen Anne when princess of Denmark, and Dryden.