Is anyone related to Alexander Francis (Frank) Lydon? He was an 1800s artist who was a prolific book illustrator for the printer, Benjamin Fawcett. From a biography of Benjamin Fawcett, the following information was provided about Frank Lydon who signed his work - A. F. Lydon.
"Frank was born in 1836. He came of a family of soldiers, both his grandfathers having fought under Wellington in the Peninsular and Napoleonic wars, taking part in the battles of Badajoz, Salamanca, Toulouse, Vittoria, and Waterloo.
"His father served in the 30th Regiment. He came to Driffield in later life, and both Francis Lydon and his younger brother, Frederick, were apprenticed to Benjamin Fawcett to learn wood engraving, and during the time of apprenticeship their parents left Driffield for Dorchester, taking the younger brother with them.
"Francis Lydon began to show such marked artistic ability that he was set to do the drawing and preparation of plates before the end of his apprenticeship.
"During these early days he wrote, illustrated, and engraved the plates for a child's gift-book."
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