Daniel Lizars

1754 - 1812

Copper-plate engraver and printer. Born in Portsburgh (Edinburgh), the son of a shoe-maker, Lizars learned his trade during a nine-year apprenticeship with the engraver Andrew Bell. Lizar's premises were located off Parliament Close, next to the High Street, and he is best remembered for his views of Edinburgh, including the Perspective View of South Bridge Street, which appeared in the Edinburgh Magazine (1786).

One of his apprentices was George Bartholomew (1784 - 1871), who gave rise to the dynasty of cartographers and map publishers.

Lizars latterly lived in Dublin Street in the New Town and lies buried in the cemetery surrounding St. Cuthbert's Church. His sons included William Home Lizars (1788 - 1859) and Daniel Lizars (1793 - 1875), who both carried on his printing business, and John Lizars (1787 - 1860), who was a noted surgeon.

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