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Belcher, George Frederick Arthur (1875–1947), cartoonist and painter, was born at the workhouse in Princes Street, St George-in-the-East, London, on 19 September 1875, the only son and second of four children of Joseph Silverthorne Belcher (bap. 1833, d. 1900), medical practitioner, and his wife, ...

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Beranger, Gabriel (1729–1817), landscape draughtsman, was born at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, of an emigrant French Huguenot family. In 1750 he moved to Dublin to join some of his relatives who had settled there earlier; nothing is known of his training, but his name appeared as the artist on a drawing of ...

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Bereblock, John (fl. 1557–1572), draughtsman, was born near Rochester and graduated BA from St John's College, Oxford, in 1561. In 1562 he wrote the official copy of the recently founded college's statutes. He was elected to a fellowship in 1561 and served as bursar in 1563/4, but soon after receiving his MA degree in 1566 he migrated to ...

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Capon, William (1757–1827), scene-painter, architectural draughtsman, and architect, was born in Norwich on 6 October 1757, the son of Christopher Capon, portrait painter, and his wife, Anne, and was baptized at St Stephen's Church, Norwich, on 19 February 1758. At first he studied under his father but, preferring architecture, he moved to ...

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Cipriani, Giovanni Battista (1727–1785), decorative painter and draughtsman, was born in Florence, Italy, but spent the last thirty years of his life in London, where he became 'one of the great backroom figures of the neo-classic style in England' (Waterhouse, 18c Painters...

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Clérisseau, Charles-Louis (bap. 1721, d. 1820), architect and architectural draughtsman, was baptized in Paris on 28 August 1721, the son of Jean Clérisseau, seller of perfumed gloves, and his wife, Jeanne Rosselet. By 1745 he was attending the Académie Royale d'Architecture as a pupil of the architect ...

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Forster, Thomas (b. 1676/7), portrait draughtsman, is of unknown origins. Vertue reported seeing 'the head of Mr Foster done by himself on Vellum. Aeta. 31. 1708' (Vertue, Note books, 4.114), which implies a birth date of 1676 or 1677, but this is the only surviving biographical information on him. ...

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Frost, George (bap. 1745, d. 1821), landscape draughtsman, was, according to family tradition, the son of George Frost, a builder from Ousden in west Suffolk, and his wife, Thomasin. However, it is probable that he was born in the neighbouring village of Barrow...

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revised by Annette Peach

Gibson, Edward (1668/9–1701), portrait draughtsman, was perhaps the son of Richard Gibson (1605/1615?–1690), miniature painter, and his wife, Anne, née Sheppard. According to Buckeridge and Vertue, he was the nephew of the miniature painter William Gibson (1644–1703) [see under Gibson, Richard] from whom he received instruction in painting. He commenced painting portraits in oil, but subsequently found more employment in crayons. In this medium he showed some genius, and was making great progress when he died in January 1701 in his thirty-third year. He resided in ...

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Haig, Axel Herman (1835–1921), etcher and architectural draughtsman, was born at Katthammarsvik, on the Swedish island of Gotland, on 10 November 1835, the son of Axel Hägg (1804–1872), a local landowner and timber merchant, and his wife, Anna Margreta Lindström (1807–1891). From 1850 he studied shipbuilding in the government dockyard at ...