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Cosmo Alexander (1724–1772) self-portrait, before 1745? Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

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Alexander, Cosmo (1724–1772), portrait painter and traveller, was born probably in Aberdeen, the son and pupil of the Aberdonian painter and engraver John Alexander (1686–c.1766), who had worked in Rome from 1711 to 1719, and his wife, Isobel Innes. John Alexander...

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Byron, Robert (1905–1941), traveller and writer on art, was born at Wembley, London, on 26 February 1905, the only son among three children of Eric Byron, civil engineer, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Robinson, of Southall Manor, Middlesex. He was educated at ...

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Catherwood, Frederick (1799–1854), architect and traveller, was born in Charles Square, Hoxton, London, on 27 February 1799, the son of John James Catherwood (1752–1829), receiver of corn returns (c.1779–1813) and partner with Henry Caslon from 1814 to 1821 in the Caslon...

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William Constable (1783–1861) self-portrait, c. 1845 Philippe Garner collection

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Constable, William (1783–1861), traveller and photographer, was born on 5 April 1783 at Tedhams, Horley Mill, Horley, Surrey, the fifth child in the family of seven sons and two daughters of James Constable (1749–1838), miller and country shopkeeper of Horley, and his wife, ...

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Daniell, Edward Thomas (1804–1842), artist and traveller, was born on 6 June 1804 in Charlotte Street, London, the son of Thomas Daniell, attorney-general of Dominica, and Anne, daughter of John Drosier. He was educated first at Norwich School under Edward Valpy, where the drawing master was ...

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Daniell, Samuel (1775–1811), landscape and animal painter and traveller, was the second son of William Daniell (d. 1779), innkeeper of The Swan at Chertsey, and his wife, Sarah. Samuel was the younger brother of William Daniell RA (1769–1837), and nephew of Thomas Daniell RA FRS (1749–1840)...

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Fraser, James Baillie (1783–1856), traveller and artist, was born on 11 June 1783 in Edinburgh, the eldest of six children of Edward Satchwell Fraser (1751–1835) and his wife, Jane, daughter of William Fraser of Balnain. James was brought up on the Scottish family estate at ...

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James Baillie Fraser (1783–1856) by William Brockedon, 1833 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hickey, Thomas (1741–1824), portrait painter and traveller, was born in Dublin in May 1741, the second son of Noah Hickey, a confectioner in Capel Street there. Between 1753 and 1756 he studied at the Royal Dublin Society Schools, where he won several prizes. His earliest portraits, chalk drawings of 1758 and 1759, are in the ...

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Jones, Calvert Richard (1802–1877), marine painter, traveller, and photographer, was born on 4 December 1802 at ‘Veranda’, near Swansea, the eldest of the five children of Calvert Jones (d. 1847), a civic leader, and his wife, Prudence Sproule. In 1823 he obtained a first-class degree in mathematics from ...

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Kelsall, Charles (1782–1857), traveller and architect, was baptized on 1 August 1782 at Greenwich, Kent, the son of Thomas Kelsall, a member of the council of the East India Company and his wife, Sarah. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Lambert, John (b. c. 1775, d. in or after 1811), traveller and painter in Canada, was born in England. In 1806 he went to Lower Canada with his uncle James Campbell, who had been sent by the privy council committee for trade to promote the cultivation of hemp in the colony after established supplies from ...

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Norden, Frederik Ludvig (1708–1742), traveller and artist, was born on 22 October 1708 at Glückstadt, Holstein, the fourth of five sons of Jørgen Norden, a Danish lieutenant-colonel of infantry (d. 1728) and his wife, Cathrine Henrichsen (d. in or after 1728)...

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Marianne North (1830–1890) by unknown photographer © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: reproduced by kind permission of the Director and the Board of Trustees

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North, Marianne (1830–1890), painter and traveller, was born at Hastings on 24 October 1830, the second child and elder daughter of Frederick North MP, descendant of Roger North, and his wife, Janet, eldest daughter of Sir John Marjoribanks and widow of Robert Shuttleworth...