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William Nicholson (1781–1844) by William Smellie Watson Collection Royal Scottish Academy; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. M. Gray

revised by Marshall Hall

Nicholson, William (1781–1844), portrait painter and etcher, was born at Ovingham, Northumberland, on 25 December 1781, and baptized there on 20 January 1782, the second of the four sons of James Nicholson, schoolmaster, of Ovingham, and his wife, Elizabeth Orton. His father was shortly afterwards appointed master of the grammar school in ...

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F. M. O'Donoghue

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Powle, George (fl. 1764–1771), etcher and miniature painter, was a pupil of Thomas Worlidge (1700–1766). Powle imitated his tutor's delicate and highly finished Rembrandtesque style of etching. Worlidge's series of plates from antique gems, issued in 1768, was to a large extent the work of ...

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Worlidge, Thomas (1700–1766), portrait painter and etcher, was born in Peterborough, the son of Richard Worlidge, a lawyer. By the early 1740s he had settled into a working life divided between London and Bath. He received his earliest artistic training from the Genoese émigré ...

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Thomas Worlidge (1700–1766) self-portrait, 1754 © Copyright The British Museum