- A. Nisbet
Bell, William (1734/5–1806?), portrait and history painter, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, the son of a bookbinder. On 30 January 1769 aged thirty-four, he enrolled as the first student in the Royal Academy Schools. He tried, unsuccessfully, to win the academy gold medal in 1770, but won it in the following year for his picture of ...