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Dorothy Boyle, countess of Burlington (1699–1758) by William Kent, c. 1735 [painting in the garden room at Chiswick House] Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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Boyle [née Savile], Dorothy, countess of Burlington (1699–1758), portrait painter and caricaturist, was born in London on 13 September 1699 and baptized on 24 September at St James's, Piccadilly, the elder daughter of William Savile, second marquess of Halifax (1665–1700), and his second wife, ...

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Henry William Bunbury (1750–1811) by Thomas Ryder, pubd 1789 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1788) [notating his Long Minuet] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bunbury, Henry William (1750–1811), artist and caricaturist, was born on 1 July 1750 at the Manor House, Mildenhall, Suffolk, the second son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764) and vicar of Mildenhall, and his wife, Eleanor (d...

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Coia, Emilio (1911–1997), caricaturist, was born at 244 Castle Street, Glasgow, on 13 April 1911, the son of Giovanni Coia, an ice-cream dealer, and his wife, Maria Salvatore. His parents, who had married in Govan in 1897, were part of that large émigré community of Italians who moved to ...

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Collier, John [pseud. Tim Bobbin] (1708–1786), satirist and caricaturist, was born at Church Lane, Urmston, Lancashire, on 16 December 1708. He was the third of nine children of John Collier, Church of England clergyman (c.1676–1739) and his wife, Mary Cook (...

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John Collier (1708–1786) self-portrait, c. 1750 © Rochdale Art Gallery

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George Cruikshank (1792–1878) by Daniel Maclise, 1833 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cruikshank, George (1792–1878), graphic artist, was born on 27 September 1792, and baptized on 6 November at St George's, Bloomsbury Way, London, the second son of Isaac Cruikshank (1764–1811), caricaturist, and his wife, Mary, née MacNaughton (1769–1853). At the time the family lived at ...

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Cruikshank [Crookshanks], Isaac (1764–1811), caricaturist and painter, born on 5 October 1764 in the Canongate, Edinburgh, and baptized in the parish on 14 October, was the fifth child and third son of Andrew Crookshanks (c.1725–c.1783) and Elizabeth (b...

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Gillray, James (1756–1815), caricaturist, was born in Robinson's Lane, Chelsea, Middlesex, near London, on 13 August 1756, the third of the five children of James Gillray (1720–1799) of Culter, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and his wife, Jane Coleman (1716–1797), of Long Hope, Gloucestershire. The elder ...

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James Gillray (1756–1815) self-portrait, c. 1800 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilroy, John Thomas Young (1898–1985), graphic artist and portrait painter, was born on 20 May 1898 at 4 Crawhall Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son and the fourth of eight children of John William Gilroy, marine artist and technical draughtsman, and his wife, ...

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John Thomas Young Gilroy (1898–1985) self-portrait Garrick Club / the art archive

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John Leech (1817–1864) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1854 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leech, John (1817–1864), humorous artist and illustrator, was born at 28 Bennett Street, Stamford Street, London, on 29 August 1817 and baptized on 16 November at Christ Church, Southwark, London, the only son of John Leech, (d. c.1870), the assistant proprietor of the ...

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Patch, Thomas (bap. 1725, d. 1782), artist and physiognomist, was baptized on 31 March 1725 at St Paul's, Exeter, the second of the three children of John Patch (1691–1746), a surgeon, and his wife, Hannah Miller. He studied medicine in Exeter and in ...

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Thomas Patch (bap. 1725, d. 1782) by self-portrait, 1760–69 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pellegrini, Carlo [pseud. Ape] (1839–1889), caricaturist, was born in March 1839 in Capua, Campania, Italy, a scion of the Sedili Capuani, an aristocratic landowning family. His mother was said to be a descendant of the Medici. He was educated at the Collegio Barnibiti...

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Carlo Pellegrini [Ape] (1839–1889) by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1879 National Gallery of Ireland