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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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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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Chatelain [Chatelaine], John-Baptist Claude (1710–1758), printmaker and topographical draughtsman, was probably born in London in 1710, the son of French Huguenot parents by the name of Phillippe—he is thought to have assumed the surname Chatelain later in life. Nothing is known of his parents, early life, or training, and uncertainties persist about the date and location of his birth. Early biographies suggest that he was born in ...

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Condé, Jean [John] (1765–1794), printmaker, was the son of a stonemason in Paris, and his wife, Louise Crantin. His name first appears in the ‘registre des élèves’ of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris on 20 March 1781: 'Jean Condé, Peintre natif de ...

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Jean Condé (1765–1794) attrib. Richard Cosway, c. 1794 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Condé, Jean [John]

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Daniell, Thomas (1749–1840), landscape painter and printmaker, was born at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the son of John Sheppard Daniell, innkeeper of The Swan at Chertsey. From 1763 to 1770 he was apprenticed to a Mr Maxwell as a coach builder and spent the following three years at ...

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See Boydell, John, engravers

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Ellis, William (1747–1810), printmaker, the son of Joseph Ellis (d. 1793), writing engraver, was born in London in 1747 and apprenticed in 1760 to Joseph Ellis, Stationers' Company. From about 1770 he was working in William Woollett's studio. A drawing of Blythburgh church, Suffolk...

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Fournier, Daniel (c. 1711–c. 1766), engraver and printmaker, was probably a member of a French protestant refugee family; he may possibly be linked with Daniel Fournier, the son of Nicholas Fournier and Madeleine Rossignol, who is recorded in Friedrichsdorf in Germany in 1711. Trained as a chaser, he practised that craft until at least 1748, but then turned to printmaking. An etched self-portrait bears the inscription 'à-la-mode beef-seller, shoemaker, and engraver'. He etched a survey of the ...

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Frink, Dame Elisabeth Jean (1930–1993), sculptor and printmaker, was born on 14 November 1930 at The Grange, Thurlow, Suffolk, the only daughter of Ralph Cuyler Frink (1899–1974), cavalry officer, and his wife, Jean Conway-Gordon (b. 1910), a colonel's daughter.

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Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink (1930–1993) self-portrait, 1987 Estate of Dame Elisabeth Frink; courtesy of Fischer Fine Arts

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Gainsborough, Thomas (1727–1788), painter and printmaker, was probably born in Sudbury, Suffolk, and was baptized there at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John Gainsborough (c.1683–1748), publican, clothier, and postmaster, and his wife, ...

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) self-portrait, c. 1787 © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2004

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Geikie, Walter (1795–1837), painter and printmaker, was born in Charles Street, Edinburgh, on 9 November 1795, the son of Archibald Geikie, a pharmacist. Before he was two, according to his early biographer, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, Geikie suffered 'a nervous fever' which left him deaf and dumb. He then became a pupil of ...

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Gribelin, Simon (1662–1733), printmaker and metal-engraver, was born in Blois, France, the son of Jacob Gribelin, who was recorded as still living in Blois in 1691. The family was one of watchmakers and engravers. Gribelin moved to England about 1680, presumably anticipating the revocation of the edict of Nantes, and he appears to have remained close to the Huguenot community in ...