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Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...

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Blake, William (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet, was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London, the third son of James Blake (1723?–1784), a hosier, and his wife, Catherine, née Wright (1723–1792), the widow of Thomas Armitage. Blake had four brothers, ...

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William Blake (1757–1827) by Thomas Phillips, 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clayton [married name Needham], Ellen Creathorne (1834–1900), author and artist, was born in Gloucester Terrace, Dublin, on 15 February 1834, the eldest child and only daughter of Benjamin Clayton (1809–1883), an engraver and illustrator, and his wife, Mary Graham (d. 1877)...

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Walford [née Colquhoun], Lucy Bethia (1845–1915), novelist and artist, was born on 17 April 1845 at 11 Brighton Crescent, Portobello, Edinburgh, the seventh child of Frances Sara Fuller Maitland (1813–1877), poet and hymn writer, and John Colquhoun (1805–1885) of Luss, Dunbartonshire, a sportsman, naturalist, author of ...