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John Julius Angerstein (c. 1732–1823) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1790–95 © The National Gallery, London


Angerstein, John Julius (1735–1823), insurance broker and connoisseur of art, was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1735. His precise origins are obscure. According to family tradition he took his surname from the German doctor who delivered him, and his parents were the ...


Beaumont, John Thomas Barber (1774–1841), artist and founder of insurance offices, was born on 21 December 1774 in Marylebone, Middlesex. His family surname was Barber, but about 1812 he added Beaumont, and thenceforth was usually known as Barber Beaumont. In 1796 he married ...


Manton, Sir Edwin Alfred Grenville (1909–2005), insurance underwriter, art collector, and philanthropist, was born on 22 January 1909 at Burrows Road, Earls Colne, Essex, the eldest of three children of John Horace Manton, bank clerk, later bank manager, and his wife, Emily Clara, ...