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Hole, Henry Fulke Plantagenet Woolicombe (DNB00)

HOLE, HENRY FULKE PLANTAGENET WOOLICOMBE (d. 1820), wood-engraver, was son of an officer in the Lancashire militia, who belonged to an old Devonshire family. He resided in Liverpool, and was one of the pupils of Thomas Bewick [q. v.] He cut some of the water-birds in ‘The British Birds.’ A book-plate cut by him is dated 1798. He cut eight designs by Thurston for McCreery's poem ‘The Press,’ published at Liverpool in 1803; others for Mrs. Hemans's ‘Poems,’ 1808; some of the designs by Thurston for Ackermann's ‘Religious Emblems,’ 1809; ‘Six Views in the Neighbourhood of Liverpool’ in Gregson's ‘Portfolio,’ 1817, &c. He was a member of the Liverpool Academy, and in 1814 contributed to their exhibition ‘An Attempt to restore the Old Method of Cross-lining on Wood,’ by himself. Hole subsequently inherited from an uncle the estate of Ebberley Hall, Devonshire, and retired from the profession. He died in 1820.

[Dobson's Bewick and his Pupils; Linton's Masters of Wood-engraving; Redgrave's Dict. of Artists.]

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