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See Beale [née Cradock], Mary

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Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852), writer and miniature painter, was born at Stradbroke, Suffolk, the eldest of the fifteen children of the Revd William Betham (1749–1839) of Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, and rector of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, and his wife, Mary, née Damant (1752/3–1839), the former wife of ...

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Biffin [Beffin; married name Wright], Sarah (1784–1850), miniature painter, was born on 25 October 1784 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset, and baptized there, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, on 31 October. She was the third of five children of Henry John Beffin (1747/8–1835)...

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Sarah Biffin (1784–1850) by Henri Grevedon, 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bingham [née Smith], Margaret, countess of Lucan (c. 1740–1814), miniature painter, was the daughter of James Smith MP, of Canons-Leigh, Devon, and St Audries, Somerset, and his wife, Grace. She married, on 25 August 1760, Sir Charles Bingham (1735–1799), later Baron Lucan...

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Bowyer, Robert (1758–1834), miniature painter and publisher, was born in Portsmouth, the son of Amos Bowyer, a shipwright, and his wife, Betty Ann. He was baptized there on 18 June 1758. He served first as a clerk to a merchant in Portsmouth and then in ...

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Adam Buck (1759–1833) self-portrait, 1813 [The Artist and his Family] Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Buck, Adam (1759–1833), miniature and portrait painter, was born in Castle Street, Cork, the elder son of Jonathan Buck (1729/30–1786), a silversmith, of Castle Street, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sydney (d. 1817). Frederick Buck [see below] was his younger brother. His artistic training remains obscure but an anonymously published article in volume 26 of the ...

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Burt, Albin Roberts (1783–1842), portrait and miniature painter, was born, probably in London, on 1 December 1783, the son of Harry Burt (1725–1785), a grocer, and his Welsh wife, Mary, née Roberts (1739–1825). He trained as an engraver under Robert Thew and Benjamin Smith...

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Collins, Richard (1755–1831), miniature painter, was born and baptized at Gosport, Hampshire, on 30 January 1755, the son of James and Sarah Collins of Gosport. He travelled to London in April 1776 and on 4 October that year entered the Royal Academy Schools...

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Collins, Samuel (1735–1768), miniature painter, was born in Bristol, the son of a clergyman. He first studied law before turning to miniature portraiture, and little is known about his artistic background or training. By the mid-1750s, however, he had a well-established miniature portrait practice in ...

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Cooper, Alexander (bap. 1609, d. c. 1660), miniature painter, was baptized at the church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, in the City of London, on 11 December 1609, the second son of Richard Cooper (b. 1577) and Barbara, sister of John Hoskins (c. 1590–1665)...

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Cooper, Samuel (1607/8–1672), miniature painter, was born probably in Blackfriars, London, the elder child of Richard Cooper (b. 1577) and Barbara Hoskins (b. c.1590), who were married on 1 September 1607 at the church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, near ...

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Samuel Cooper (1607/88–1672) self-portrait, 1645 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Costa [née Mendes], Catherine [Rachel] da (1679–1756), miniature painter, was born in London in 1679, the eldest daughter of Dr Fernando (Moses) Mendes (1647–1724) and his wife, Isabel (Rachel) Henriques (d. 1691), daughter of Diego Rodrigues Marques. Mendes's parents were born in ...

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Cotes, Samuel (1734–1818), miniature painter, was the third son of Robert Cotes (d. 1774) of Westminster, London, a former mayor of Galway, Ireland, turned apothecary, and his wife, Elizabeth (b. c.1700, d. after 1775), daughter of Francis Lynn, chief secretary of the ...

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Cross, Peter [Lawrence Crosse] (c. 1645–1724), miniature painter, was the fourth son and youngest of seven children of Anthony Cross (c.1585–1651/2), freeman of the Drapers' Company (1614), and of his wife, Margaret, née Thrall (whom he married in 1616), who lived 'at the sign of the ...

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Des Granges, David (bap. 1611, d. in or before 1672?), miniature painter, was baptized on 24 March 1611 at the French church in Threadneedle Street, in the City of London, and again at the church of St Anne Blackfriars. He was the first of five children of ...