Byrne, William an English engraver, was born in London in 1743, and was instructed by his uncle, an obscure artist. In 1770 he went to Paris, and became a scholar of Aliamet. The following are some of his principal plates: The Flight into
Egypt; Abraham and Lot Quitting Egypt; A Sea-piece; The Death of Captain Cook. He died in London in 1805. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Rose, Gen. Biog. Diet. s v.