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Name: Edward Finden

Burial Number: 0319

Gender: Male

Occupation: Engraver; Bank Cashier; Assistant Bank Manager

Distinction: Son of famous engraver.

Born: 27/1/1830

Died: 09/09/1899

Buried: 12/09/1899


Edward Francis Finden was born on 27th January 1830, he was baptised on 1st March at Old Church, St. Pancras, London. His parents were, William Finden, Historical Engraver, 43yrs, and Ann, 38yrs, nee Abercrombie. Edward had 6 siblings, William b.1813, Ann b.1817, George b.1821, Susan b.1826, Harry b.1838, and Kate b.1841.
Edward was named after his uncle, Edward Francis Finden, 1791-1857, who worked closely with Edward’s father, William, in establishing a school of engraving, which led to them becoming among the best and most successful steel engravers of their day. When William died in 1852, the family were living at Upper Cheyne Row, Chelsea.
On October 1st, 1857, Edward, 27yrs, married Laura Abercrombie, 28yrs, at St. Pancras Parish Church, they were probably cousins. Although Edward had initially trained as an engraver, he was now a bank cashier, they lived in Camberwell, and he had become an assistant bank manager by the time he retired. They had no children.
Edward and Laura moved to Worthing, living at 5, Prince’s Terrace, where Edward died, aged 69yrs, on 9th September 1899. Probate was granted to his widow, effects, £2060 1s 10d. Value 2021 – £271K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Edward Finden

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 1 Plot: 16

Exact Location (what3words): places.economies.churn

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


Edward Francis Finden died Sept 9th 1899 aged 69 years. Also Laura wife of the above died February 26th 1910 aged 81 years

Further Information


Name: Edward Francis Finden

Gender: Male

Born: 27/1/1830

Town: St Pancras

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 1/10/1857

Spouse First Name: Laura

Spouse Last Name: Abercrombie

Town of Marriage: St Pancras

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 09/09/1899

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 5

Address line 3: Prince's Terrace

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2060 1 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £271000

Census Information


Living at 49, Camden Street, St. Pancras, London. William Finden, 63yrs, widower, Historical Engraver, daughter, Susan, 25yrs, Wood Engraver, sons, Edward F., 21yrs, Historical Engraver, Harry, 13yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 12, Temple House, Newstead Grove, Camberwell, London. Edward F. Finden, 31yrs, Cashier, London and West Bank, wife, Laura, 32yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Petworth, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon. Boarders, Edward F. Finden, 61yrs, Assistant Manager, London and West Bank, wife, Laura, 62yrs.

Miscellaneous Information

The brothers William (1787-1852) and Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857) were engravers who often worked together and became particularly associated with the publisher John Murray. Apart from their many portraits of famous people, they illustrated the works of Byron, Sir Walter Scott and others, to such acclaim that their illustrations were sometimes published as separate volumes.. Their studio handled many commissions, and they employed numerous assistants, adding the finer points and finishing touches to their groundwork on the steel plates. In this way they established a reputation for their “elaborate finish and precision” William’s largest plate was a portrait of King George IV after the painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence; he received two thousand guineas * for this work, the highest sum ever paid for an engraved portrait. * £2million. (2021 value).
Later in life, William undertook, in cooperation with his brother, aided by their numerous staff, the publication as well as the production of various galleries of engravings. The first of these, a series of landscape and portrait illustrations to the life and works of Byron, appeared in 1833 and was very successful. But by his Gallery of British Art (in 15 parts, 1838-1840), the costliest and best of these ventures, he lost most of his fortune, reducing him again to the position of a poor artist at the mercy of publishers.