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Fuseli, Henry [formerly Johann Heinrich Füssli] (1741–1825), painter and writer, was born Johann Heinrich Füssli at Zürich, Switzerland, on 6 February 1741, although he later regularly mis-stated his true birth date. He was baptized on 7 February 1741 at the Grossmünster, Zürich...

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Gheeraerts, Marcus, the younger (1561/2–1636), painter, came as a boy to London from his birthplace Bruges in 1568 with his protestant father, the painter Marcus Gheeraerts the elder (b. c. 1520/21, d. in or after 1586). They were escaping the religious persecutions of the ...

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Highmore, Joseph (1692–1780), painter, was born on 13 June 1692 in the parish of St James Garlickhythe in the City of London, the third son of Edward Highmore, a coal merchant, and his wife, Maria, née Tull. From 1702 to 1704 he attended ...

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John, Gwendolen Mary [Gwen] (1876–1939), painter, was born on 22 June 1876 at 7 Victoria Place, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, the elder daughter and the second of the four children of Edwin William John (1847–1938), solicitor, and his wife, Augusta Smith (1848–1884), an amateur artist and daughter of ...

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Liotard, Jean-Étienne (1702–1789), painter, born with his twin, Jean-Michel, on 22 December 1702 in Geneva, was among the seven children to survive infancy of Antoine Liotard (1661–1740) and his wife, Anne Sauvage (1659–1731), Huguenots who had left Montélimar following the revocation of the edict of Nantes (1685) and settled in ...

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Long, John St John (1798–1834), quack and painter, was born at Newcastle West, co. Limerick, the second of three children of John Long and Anne St John. His father was a basket maker and handyman, and both parents were protestant. After demonstrating an ability in sketching, ...

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Lowry, Laurence Stephen (1887–1976), painter, was born on 1 November 1887 at 8 Barrett Street, Stretford, in Manchester, the home of the industrial revolution. He was the only child of Robert Stephen McAll Lowry (1857–1932), an estate agent's clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth (1858–1939)...

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Mercier, Philip [formerly Philippe] (1691–1760), painter and etcher, was born in Berlin, the son of Philippe Mercier, a Huguenot tapestry weaver at the royal factory in that city. ‘Reicrem’ (his surname in reverse) was sometimes used as a signature on his paintings. He studied in ...

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Mytens [Mijtens], Daniel (c. 1590–1647), painter, was born at Delft in the northern Netherlands, one of four sons of Maerten Mytens (b. 1551/2) and his wife, Anneke Pieters. He probably spent part of his childhood at The Hague in a house belonging to his father, a coachbuilder and saddler who supplied the royal court. Details of ...