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Adams, Clement (c. 1519–1587), schoolmaster and map engraver, was born at Buckington, Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton between 1530 and 1536, and subsequently at the King's Hall, Cambridge. From 17 August 1536 he was tutored in classics, mathematics, and geometry at Cambridge...

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Aglio, Augustine Maria [formerly Agostino Maria] (1777–1857), painter and lithographer, was born on 15 December 1777 in Cremona, Italy, one of several children of Gaetano Aglio, a notary, and Marianna Mondini. He moved with his family in 1787 to Milan, where he was educated at the ...

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Angier [Angiers], Paul (1723–1757), engraver and printseller, was born on 27 November 1723 and baptized in Southwark, London, on 3 December, the son of William Angier (d. 1729), a draper of Cheapside, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1739 he was apprenticed to the engraver and printseller ...

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Atkinson, John Augustus (1774x6–1830), painter and engraver, is of unknown parentage. He was taken as a boy aged eight or nine to St Petersburg by the mezzotint engraver James Walker, who may have been his uncle and who had accepted a post at the court of ...

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William Austin (1721/17331733–1820) by James Godby, pubd 1809 (after Edmund Scott) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Austin, William (1721/1733–1820), drawing-master and engraver, was apprenticed to George Bickham junior in 1747. This suggests that he was born about 1733, although he was said to have died aged ninety-eight, and a man named Austin was listed as an eminent painter in 1748. In 1756 ...

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Badeley, Henry John Fanshawe, Baron Badeley (1874–1951), civil servant and engraver, was born at Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 27 June 1874, the elder child and only son of Captain Henry Badeley (1842–1881), of Guy Harlings, Chelmsford, and his wife, Blanche (d...

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Baldrey, Joshua Kirby (1754–1828), draughtsman and engraver, was the eldest son of Andrew Baldrey (d. 1802), of Ipswich, and his wife, Mary (1728–1806). Andrew, the illegitimate son of Andrew Rankin and Elizabeth Baldrey, was successively apprentice, partner, and successor in the general painting business of ...

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Barlow, Francis (d. 1704), painter and etcher, was said by George Vertue to have come from Lincolnshire and to have been apprenticed in London to the portrait painter William Shepherd. His earliest dated work is a drawing of 1648 depicting David slaying the lion (...

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Barlow, Thomas Oldham (1824–1889), engraver and etcher, was born on 4 August 1824 in Oldham, Lancashire, and baptized there at St Mary's Church on 8 August, the youngest child of Henry Barlow (1781–1851), an ironmonger, and his wife, Sarah Oldham (1783–1836), who lived in the ...

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James Barry (1741–1806) self-portrait, c. 1786 [completed 1803] by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Barry, James (1741–1806), history painter, printmaker, and author, was born on 11 October 1741, in a modest cottage in Water Lane in Blackpool, a suburb of Cork, to John Barry and Juliana Reardon. He was the eldest child in a family that grew to include three more sons, ...

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Francesco Bartolozzi (1728–1815) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1773? Saltram, The Morley Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bartolozzi, Francesco (1728–1815), engraver, was born in Florence, Italy, on 25 September 1728, the son of Gaetano Pieri Bartolozzi, a goldsmith from Pistoia, and his wife, Maddalena Pieri. The boy's earliest work was carried out for his father, but he entered the Florentine academy at the age of fifteen, and with his lifelong friend ...

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Basire, Isaac (1704–1768), printmaker and draughtsman, was the son of James Basire of St James's, Westminster, who was thought to have been of Huguenot origin. Isaac was the progenitor of four generations of the Basire family to be noted as printmakers from the early eighteenth century to 1869. He was apprenticed to the silver-engraver ...

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