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Adams, Clement (c. 1519–1587), schoolmaster and map engraver, was born at Buckington, Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton between 1530 and 1536, and subsequently at the King's Hall, Cambridge. From 17 August 1536 he was tutored in classics, mathematics, and geometry at Cambridge...

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Angier [Angiers], Paul (1723–1757), engraver and printseller, was born on 27 November 1723 and baptized in Southwark, London, on 3 December, the son of William Angier (d. 1729), a draper of Cheapside, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1739 he was apprenticed to the engraver and printseller ...

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Atkinson, John Augustus (1774x6–1830), painter and engraver, is of unknown parentage. He was taken as a boy aged eight or nine to St Petersburg by the mezzotint engraver James Walker, who may have been his uncle and who had accepted a post at the court of ...

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William Austin (1721/17331733–1820) by James Godby, pubd 1809 (after Edmund Scott) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Austin, William (1721/1733–1820), drawing-master and engraver, was apprenticed to George Bickham junior in 1747. This suggests that he was born about 1733, although he was said to have died aged ninety-eight, and a man named Austin was listed as an eminent painter in 1748. In 1756 ...

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Badeley, Henry John Fanshawe, Baron Badeley (1874–1951), civil servant and engraver, was born at Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 27 June 1874, the elder child and only son of Captain Henry Badeley (1842–1881), of Guy Harlings, Chelmsford, and his wife, Blanche (d...

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Baldrey, Joshua Kirby (1754–1828), draughtsman and engraver, was the eldest son of Andrew Baldrey (d. 1802), of Ipswich, and his wife, Mary (1728–1806). Andrew, the illegitimate son of Andrew Rankin and Elizabeth Baldrey, was successively apprentice, partner, and successor in the general painting business of ...

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Barlow, Thomas Oldham (1824–1889), engraver and etcher, was born on 4 August 1824 in Oldham, Lancashire, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 8 August, the youngest child of Henry Barlow (1781–1851), an ironmonger, and his wife, Sarah Oldham (1783–1836), who lived in the ...

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Francesco Bartolozzi (1728–1815) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1773? Saltram, The Morley Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bartolozzi, Francesco (1728–1815), engraver, was born in Florence, Italy, on 25 September 1728, the son of Gaetano Pieri Bartolozzi, a goldsmith from Pistoia, and his wife, Maddalena Pieri. The boy's earliest work was carried out for his father, but he entered the Florentine academy at the age of fifteen, and with his lifelong friend ...

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Andrew Bell (1725/66–1809) by George Watson Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bell, Andrew (1725/6–1809), engraver and publisher, was probably born in Edinburgh, the son of John Bell, a baker. He was apprenticed to Richard Cooper the elder and began his career modestly as an engraver of letters, names, and crests on plates and dog collars. One of his customers was the ...

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Benoist, Anthony [Antoine] (1721?–1770), draughtsman and engraver, probably born at Tracy le Mont, near Noyon, France, was the son of Jean-Isaac Benoist, one of a family of artists living in the region of Picardy. The progress of his career makes it likely that he was born before 1721, the date generally given. The engraver and printseller ...

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Bewick, John (bap. 1760, d. 1795), wood-engraver, baptized on 30 March 1760, was the fifth of nine children born to John Bewick (bap. 1715, d. 1785), farmer and collier, and his wife, Jane Wilson (1727–1785) [see Bewick family], at Cherryburn, Eltringham, Northumberland...

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John Bewick (bap. 1760, d. 1795) by George Gray, c. 1780 courtesy of The Natural History Society of Northumberland

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