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Finch, Robert (1783–1830), antiquary and connoisseur of the arts, was born in London on 27 November 1783, the son of Thomas Finch (d. 1810), barrister of the Inner Temple and fellow of the Royal Society, and his wife, Mary (d. 1827)...

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Gulston, Joseph (1744/5–1786), book and art collector and connoisseur, was the eldest son of Joseph Gulston (1693/4–1766), a successful loan contractor with mercantile interests in Lisbon, and his wife, Mericas Sylva (1714/15–1799), the daughter of a Portuguese merchant. His father became MP in turn for ...

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Wellesley, Henry (1794–1866), college head and art connoisseur, was born on 20 January 1794 at Park Lane in the parish of St George Hanover Square, London, the third son and youngest of five illegitimate children of Richard Wellesley, second earl of Mornington and later first Marquess Wellesley...

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Willett, Ralph (1719–1795), book collector and connoisseur, was born on 8 August 1719, probably on St Kitts in the West Indies, the elder child of Henry Willett (c.1680–1740), plantation owner on the island, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1691–1724), daughter of ...