of Shottery Hall, Stratford-on-Avon. Collis died at Shottery Hall 1 April 1879, and was buried in the Bromsgrove cemetery on 4 April. He was the author of: 1. ‘The Chief Rules of Greek Accentuation,’ 1849. 2. ‘Exercises and Examination Papers,’ 1851. 3. ‘The Chief Tenses of Latin Irregular Verbs,’ 1854, thirty-four editions. 4. ‘Ordination and other Sermons,’ 1854 and 1869. 5. ‘The Chief Tenses of Greek Irregular Verbs,’ 1855, thirty-four editions. 6. ‘Praxis Græca,’ three parts, 1855–6, many editions. 7. ‘Praxis Latina,’ 1856. 8. ‘Praxis Iambica,’ 1857, seven editions. 9. ‘Tirocinium Gallicum,’ 1857, four editions. 10. ‘Historical Notes on the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Bromsgrove,’ 1859. 11. ‘Pontes Classici,’ No. I. A Stepping-stone from the beginning of Latin Grammar to Cæsar, 1860; and No. II. A Stepping-stone from the beginning of Greek Grammar to Xenophon, 1860. 12. ‘Ponticulus Latinus, the History of Rome to the Destruction of Carthage,’ 1860. 13. ‘Ponticulus Græcus, Exercises from the Greek Testament, Æsop, and Xenophon,’ 1860. 14. ‘Praxis Gallica,’ 1864. 15. ‘Praxis Latina Primaria,’ 1867. 16. ‘German Card of Irregular Verbs,’ 1875. 17. ‘Pontes Latini,’ eleventh edition, 1878. 18. ‘Pontes Græci,’ 1879. 19. ‘The History of Bromsgrove School.’
[Stratford-on-Avon Herald, 4 and 10 April 1879; Times, 2 April 1879, p. 16; Illustrated London News, 9 April 1853, p. 277.]
COLLOP, JOHN (fl. 1660), royalist writer, whose name bears the letters M.D. on the title-page of his books, although we have been unable to trace him to any university, was the author of the following works:— 1. ‘Poesis rediviva, or Poesie reviv'd’ (London, 1656), a collection of short poems and epigrams dedicated to Henry Pierrepont, marguis of Dorchester. Much of the verse is directed against the puritan sectaries; some treats of the author's friends or leaders, like Dr. Field, Ussher, Chillingworth, and Hammond. The songs scattered through the volume show some lyrical capacity. 2. ‘Medici Catholicon, or a Catholick Medicine for the Diseases of Charitie, by J. C., M.D.,’ London, 1656; an interesting plea for universal toleration in religion. This work was reissued in 1667 with the new title ‘Charity commended, or a Catholick Christian soberly instructed.’ The author's initials appeared here. 3. ‘Itur (sic) Satyricum, in Loyall Stanzas,’ London, 1660; a short poem welcoming the Restoration.
[Collop’s Works; Hunter's MS. Chorus Vatum in Add. MS. 24492, f. 13 b; Brit. Mus. Cat.]
COLLYER, JOSEPH, the elder (d. 1776), compiler and translator was probably the son of Joseph Collyer, a bookseller, who from 1704 till his death (1724) was treasurer of the Stationers’ Company. He edited the translation of Klopstock's ‘Messiah,’ made by his wife, Mary Collyer [q. v.], and was himself the author of: 1. A translation of Bodmer's ‘Noah,’ 1767. 2. ‘A New System of Geography,’ in conjunction with Fenning and others. 3. ‘History of England from the Invasion of Julius Cæsar to the calling of the Parliament in l774,’ 14 vols. London, 1774–5, 12mo. 4. ‘The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim,' translated from the German. He died on 20 Feb. 1778. His son Joseph [q. v.] became a celebrated engraver.
[Gent. Mag. xlvi. 95, xcviii. pt. i. p. 184; Nichols’s Lit. Anecd. iii. 607. viii. 723, ix. 809; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Watt's Bibl. Brit.; Lowndes’s Bibl. Man. (Bohn), p. 501.]
COLLYER, JOSEPH (1748–1827), the younger, engraver, born in London on 14 Sept. 1748, was the son of Joseph Collyer (d. 1776) [q. v.] and Mary Collyer (d. 1763) [q. v.] Joseph Collyer, the son, studied for a short time under the engraver Anthony Walker, and applied himself to book illustrations with success. He attracted the notice of Alderman Boydell [q. v.], and was employed to make an engraving after David Teniers. In 1761 he received a premium from the Society of Arts; about nine years later he entered the Royal Academy, where he exhibited for the first time in 1770. He was admitted as a student in 1771. Sir Joshua Reynolds allowed Collyer to reproduce two of his paintings, ‘Venus’ and ‘Una,’ both engraved in the chalk manner. One of his large plates, published in 1784, was ‘The Volunteers of Ireland' after F. Wheatley. In 1786 he was elected an associate engraver, and appointed engraver to Queen Charlotte. In 1815 he was master warden of the Stationers’ Company. Among his engraved portraits may be mentioned those of the Princess of Wales and the Princess Charlotte (1799); George, duke of Montagu (1793); Sir Charles Grey, K.B. (1797); Sir Joseph Banks (1789); Kien Long, emperor of China (1796); Thomas Newton, bishop of Bristol; Miss Palmer (1785); William Whitehead (1787); Paul Whitehead (1776); and Sir William Young. Collyer also engraved the illustrations to Hervey's ‘Naval History,' besides several plates after Rooker. He last exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1822, and died on 24 Dec. 1827.
[Redgrave's Dict. Of Artists of the English School, Lond. 8vo, 1878; Gent. Mag. 1828, i. 184; Graves Dict. of Artists.]