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Abrahams, Ivor (1935–2015), painter, printmaker, and art teacher, was born on 10 January 1935 at 10 Swinley Road, Wigan, Lancashire, the only son and elder child of Hyman (Harry) Abrahams, ladies’ outfitter, and his wife, Rachel (née Kalisky, later Kay). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Anderson, (Alfred Charles) Stanley (1884–1966), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 11 May 1884 at 11 North Road, Bristol, the son of Alfred Ernest Anderson (1859–1939), of Heavitree, Devon, who started his own business as a skilled general and heraldic engraver, and his wife, ...

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(Alfred Charles) Stanley Anderson (1884–1966) self-portrait, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Archer, John Wykenham (1806–1864), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 2 August 1806 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of a 'respectable and prosperous tradesman of that town' (GM, 246). Little is known of his early life, but his obituary in the ...

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Badmin, Stanley Roy (1906–1989), illustrator, painter, and printmaker, was born at 8A Niederwald Road, Sydenham, London, on 18 April 1906, the second child of Charles James Badmin, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Margaret (Madge) Raine, both of whom had come from Somerset. Important in his development into the essential illustrator of the English countryside were family holidays to ...

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Baillie, William (1723–1810), art dealer and printmaker, was born on 5 June 1723 at Kilbride, co. Carlow, Ireland, the second son of Robert Baillie of Celbridge. He was educated in Dublin by Dr Thomas Sheridan, who kept a school at King's Mint House, Capel Street...

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Bannerman [Bannermann], Alexander (b. 1730s, d. in or after 1774), printmaker, was probably born in Cambridge. Nothing is known of his youth or education and most of what is known of him has to be deduced from his work. Bannerman worked principally as a copper-engraver and specialized in reproductions of old master works, most of which were published by ...

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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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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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Bellany, John (1942–2013), painter and print-maker, was born at 8 Gosford Road, Port Seton, East Lothian, a fishing village on the Firth of Forth, on 18 June 1942, the son of Richard Paterson Weatherhead (Dick) Bellany (1911–1985), a fisherman then serving in the ...

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Bellin, Samuel (1799–1893), printmaker and draughtsman, was born at Doctors' Commons, London, on 13 May 1799, the son of John Bellin, of Burnt House in Chigwell, Essex. His earliest training was under the Huguenot engraver James Basire the younger (1769–1822), and between 1828 and 1834 he completed his artistic education in ...

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Benjamin, Anthony (1931–2002), artist, was born Anthony Benjamin Brown on 29 March 1931 at Nelson Villa, Wickham Road, Boarhunt, Hampshire, the only son of Albert Benjamin Brown, accountant and later instrument maker, and his wife, Edna Grace, née Mott. His childhood was itinerant and he later claimed to have attended over twenty schools. From 1946 to 1949 he studied engineering at ...

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Birch, William Russell (1755–1834), enamel painter and printmaker, was born in Warwickshire on 9 April 1755, the son of Thomas Birch, a noted surgeon, and his wife, Mary Russell. After an unsuccessful start at a Latin school he was taken in by a wealthy cousin, ...

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Bliss, Douglas Percy (1900–1984), painter and printmaker, was born on 28 January 1900 at Karachi, then part of British India, the son of Joseph Bliss (1868–1936), pharmacist, and Isabel Douglas Percy (1868–1966). He was educated in Scotland, where he attended George Watson's College...

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Sir Muirhead Bone (1876–1953) self-portrait, 1908 © Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

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Bone, Sir Muirhead (1876–1953), printmaker and draughtsman, was born on 23 March 1876 at 1A Hamilton Terrace West, Partick, Glasgow, the fourth of eight children of David Drummond Bone (1841–1911), journalist, and his wife, Elizabeth Millar Crawford (1847–1886), the daughter of a tailor. His parents were both Scottish and he was educated in the ...

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Bowler, Thomas William (1812–1869), landscape painter and printmaker, was born in Tring, Hertfordshire, on 9 December 1812, the son of William Bowler, a labourer, and Sarah Butterfield. He worked for three years in London as a solicitor's clerk, but in 1833, on the recommendation of a local squire, ...

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Boydell, John, engravers (act. 1760–1804), printmakers, came to prominence in the rapid expansion of the Boydell publishing business in the later 1760s. With his career as a printmaker coming to a close around 1760, John Boydell (1720–1804) emerged as the most important employer of engravers in late eighteenth-century ...

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Boys, Thomas Shotter (1803–1874), topographical watercolour painter and printmaker, was born on 2 January 1803 at Pentonville, near London, the son of a salesman. He was apprenticed on 4 February 1817 to the London engraver George Cooke. His earliest recorded prints are an etching of 1823 after an antique vase in ...