|Period of Activity||active c. 1825-1851|
James Lee was the son of another well-known wood engraver, James Wood, d. 1804. Among the works to which he contributed is Hansard's Typographia (1825). He was notable for having worked on scientific subjects, among them Gideon A. Mantell's Medals of Creation (1844), Geological excursions round the Isle of Wight (1847), and Petrifactions and their Teachings (1851), sometimes working with the artist Joseph Dinkel. In Typographia his work was said to 'bespeak a new era in the art of wood engraving'. He was also praised for his work by Mantell. In the 1840s he was resident at 7 Prince's Square, Kennington Common, London.
'Lee' appears as a signature on most of the wood engravings in John Barrow, A Tour round Ireland (London: John Murray, 1836). This signature matches with that on wood engravings in the works mentioned above.
John Jackson, W.A. Chatto, Henry G. Bohn, A Treatise on Wood Engraving Historical and Practical (London: Henry G. Bohn, 1861).
Gideon A. Mantell, Geological excursions round the Isle of Wight, and along the adjacent coast of Dorsetshire (London: Bohn, 1847).
Pillars of the Giants' Causeway (Engraver)
Hovel near the foot of the Reek (Engraver)