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Albin, Eleazar (d. 1742?), naturalist and watercolour painter, may have been born somewhere in the German states to a family named Weiss. Nothing is known of his early life, although he later claimed, in his Natural History of Birds (1731–8), to have been 'at ...

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Anderson, (Alfred Charles) Stanley (1884–1966), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 11 May 1884 at 11 North Road, Bristol, the son of Alfred Ernest Anderson (1859–1939), of Heavitree, Devon, who started his own business as a skilled general and heraldic engraver, and his wife, ...

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(Alfred Charles) Stanley Anderson (1884–1966) self-portrait, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Archer, John Wykenham (1806–1864), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 2 August 1806 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of a 'respectable and prosperous tradesman of that town' (GM, 246). Little is known of his early life, but his obituary in the ...

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Robert Sargent Austin (1895–1973) self-portrait, 1921 [Portrait of the Artist] © Copyright The British Museum

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Austin, Robert Sargent (1895–1973), engraver and watercolour painter, was born on 23 June 1895 at 14 Magazine Square, Leicester, the eldest of the three children of Robert Austin, a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Smith. Encouraged by his father, after leaving Lansdowne Road school...

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Austin, Samuel (1796–1834), watercolour painter, was probably born on 30 September 1796, and baptized on 23 October at the Mount Pleasant Wesleyan Chapel, Liverpool, the son of Samuel (or possibly William) Austin and his wife, Mary. His early years are obscure. He attended the ...

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Barralet, John James (1747–1815), watercolour painter, was born in Dublin, and came of a French family. He was educated under James Mannin in the Dublin Society Schools, where he was awarded a premium in 1764. He specialized in landscapes, producing prosaic works with no hint of drama, although the trees are particularly well executed. However, his forte was undoubtedly the figures who people many of his works and give a lively immediacy to his watercolours. He worked in ...

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Baynes, James (1766–1837), watercolour painter and drawing-master, was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, in April 1766. According to Samuel Redgrave, his education was paid for by a friend, but this assistance apparently ceased on his marriage. A pupil of George Romney, he entered the ...

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Benazech, Peter Paul (1730?–1798), engraver and watercolour painter, is said to have been born in England. In 1746 he was apprenticed to the landscape engraver Francis Vivares for £20, and he continued to work for Vivares after the expiration of his apprenticeship, producing, for instance, two views of ...