The Dictionary of national biography, Volume 16. By Stephen (Sir Leslie), Sir Sidney Lee, Robert Blake, Christine Stephanie Nicholls. Page 970
Richard Rhodes (1766-1838), engraver, born in 1766, produced chiefly small line-engravings for illustrated books, in the style rendered popular towards the close of the last century by James Heath [q. v.l, and continued by Charles Heath, to whom Rhodes was principal assistant for many years. He engraved plates after Fuseli in Woodmason's ' Shakespeare,' 1794, and in Cowper's ' Poems,' 1806 ; ' Timon of Athens,' after Howard, in Boydell's ' Shakespeare,' 1802 ; some plates in ' Ancient Terra-cottas in the British Museum,' 1810; numerous illustrationsto Tegg's ' Shakespeare,' after Thurston, 1812-13 ; some of Stothard's designs for Byron's 'Poems,' 1814; eleven plates for Somerville's 'Poems,' 1815; several plates after Westall and others for Sharpe's ' Poets,' 1816-17 ; and a portrait of Henry Mackenzie, author of 'The Man of Feeling,' after Geddes. A number of proofs of Rhodes's engravings are in the print-room at the British Museum. He worked skilfully in a style which gave little scope for the individuality of an artist. He died at Camden Town on 1 Nov. 1838.