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Bowen, James (bap. 1718, d. 1774), painter and topographer, was baptized on 29 January 1718 at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, the son of John Bowen and his wife, Anne, née Wilding. He collected substantial materials for a history of Shropshire, having taken notes on churches, sketches of monuments, and transcripts of records when he was accompanying ...

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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 ...

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Samuel Buck (1696–1779) by Richard Houston, pubd 1774 (after Joseph Highmore) [Buck brothers [left to right]: and Nathaniel Buck (1724-1759)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buck, Samuel (1696–1779), topographical draughtsman, engraver, and print publisher, is usually said to have been born in Richmond, Yorkshire, though firm evidence of his birth place is lacking. Hauxwell, 4½ miles south of Richmond, has also been suggested. His father was living near ...

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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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Collins, Richard (d. 1732), portrait painter and topographical draughtsman, was the son of the Peterborough artist Richard Collins. He trained under the painter Michael Dahl. Based in Peterborough, he painted in and around Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. He made a number of portraits of the ...

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Denholm, James (1772–1818), topographer and painter, was born in Glasgow and educated at Glasgow Academy. He was taught drawing and geography and became a painter of miniatures and landscapes. He made his publishing début in 1797, with An Historical and Topographical Description of the City of Glasgow...

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Halfpenny, Joseph (1748–1811), topographical engraver and watercolour painter, was born on 9 October 1748 at Bishopthorpe, Yorkshire, where his father, Thomas Halfpenny, was gardener to the archbishop. He was apprenticed to a house-painter in York, where he lived in the parish of St Michael-le-Belfrey...

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Hall, Sir Peter Geoffrey (1932–2014), geographer and town planner, was born on 19 March 1932 in New End Hospital, Hampstead, London, the elder son of Arthur Vickers Hall (1885–1973), clerical officer with the Pensions Service, and his wife Bertha, née Keefe...

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Harraden, Richard (1756–1838), topographical draughtsman and printmaker, was born in London, the son of a physician who came from Flintshire. Little is known of his life, although Robert Willis believed that he lived for some time in Paris but left on the fall of the ...

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Hearne, Thomas (1744–1817), watercolour painter and topographical draughtsman, was born at Marshfield in Gloucestershire on 22 September 1744, the only son of William Hearne (d. 1749) and his wife, Prudence (d. after 1797). After William Hearne's death his widow and young son moved to ...

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James, William (fl. 1760–1771), topographical painter and picture dealer, of whose parents nothing is known, practised in London, residing for some years in Maiden Lane, and later at the Golden Head in May's Buildings, St Martin's Lane. He exhibited with the Incorporated Society of Artists...

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Johnson, Isaac (1754–1835), topographical artist and land surveyor, was born at Pettistree Lodge, near Wickham Market, Suffolk, and baptized in Pettistree church on 27 January 1754, the second of three artistic sons of John Johnson (c.1722–1780), land surveyor and farm bailiff, and ...

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Isaac Johnson (1754–1835) self-portrait private collection, Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds

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James Lambert (bap. 1725, d. 1788) by unknown artist The British Library

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Lambert, James (bap. 1725, d. 1788), watercolour painter and topographical artist, was baptized on 29 December 1725 at Willingdon, near Eastbourne, Sussex, the youngest of the eight children of John Lambert (1690–1764), a flax dresser, and his wife, Susan Bray (1687–1771), daughter of ...

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Milton, Thomas (1742/3–1827), printmaker and topographical draughtsman, was probably born in London in either 1742 or 1743. He was the great-nephew of the poet John Milton and the son of another John Milton (fl. 1770), a minor marine artist who sometimes produced landscape and animal subjects for engraving. Little is known of his early life in ...

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Nattes, John Claude (c. 1765–1839), topographical draughtsman and watercolour artist, lived in London for many years and also travelled widely throughout the British Isles and the continent. An engraved label on a watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1781 advertised his services as a teacher of drawing and perspective to the nobility and gentry. It also confirmed that ...

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O'Connor, John (1830–1889), scene-painter and topographical painter, was born on 12 August 1830 in co. Londonderry, the third son of Francis O'Connor and his wife, Rose Cunningham; both his parents worked in the theatrical business. He was educated at the Church Educational Society's...

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Pars, William Edmund (1742–1782), topographical watercolour painter, was born in London on 28 February 1742, the son of Albertus Pars, a metal-engraver, and his wife, Mary, and trained at William Shipley's drawing school in the Strand. He won a number of awards from the ...