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Chitqua [Tan-Che-Qua] (c. 1728–1796), clay figure portrait artist, was probably born in Guangdong province, China; further details of his family and upbringing are unknown. In Canton (Guangzhou) he became an accomplished clay figure portrait artist, catering primarily to visiting merchants and ships' officers who sent his clay portraits to relatives in ...

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Harbutt, William (1844–1921), inventor of Plasticine and art teacher, was born on 13 February 1844 in North Shields, Northumberland, the seventh of the eight children of Thomas Harbutt (b. 1803), a galvanizer, and his wife, Elizabeth Whitehouse Jefcoate (b. 1804). Details of his early education are unknown, but later he studied at the ...

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Potter, Walter (1835–1918), taxidermist, was born at Bramber, Sussex, on 2 July 1835 (and was baptized at Bramber on 13 September), the sixth son of James Potter (d. 1867), labourer, and his wife, Sarah (1802/3–1838). His mother died when he was young, and his father, by then employed as a publican, was remarried in 1840, to ...

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Tussaud [née Grosholtz], Anna Maria [Marie] [known as Madame Tussaud] (bap. 1761, d. 1850), founder of a waxwork exhibition, was probably born in Strasbourg (where she was baptized on 7 December 1761), the posthumous daughter of Johann Grosholtz of Frankfurt, a soldier who served in the Seven Years' War, and ...