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Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852), writer and miniature painter, was born at Stradbroke, Suffolk, the eldest of the fifteen children of the Revd William Betham (1749–1839) of Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, and rector of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, and his wife, Mary, née Damant (1752/3–1839), the former wife of ...

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Biffin [Beffin; married name Wright], Sarah (1784–1850), miniature painter, was born on 25 October 1784 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset, and baptized there, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, on 31 October. She was the third of five children of Henry John Beffin (1747/8–1835)...

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Sarah Biffin (1784–1850) by Henri Grevedon, 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bingham [née Smith], Margaret, countess of Lucan (c. 1740–1814), miniature painter, was the daughter of James Smith MP, of Canons-Leigh, Devon, and St Audries, Somerset, and his wife, Grace. She married, on 25 August 1760, Sir Charles Bingham (1735–1799), later Baron Lucan...

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Penelope Carwardine (1729–c. 1801) by Thomas Bardwell private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Carwardine [married name Butler], Penelope (1729–c. 1801), miniature painter, was born at Withington, Herefordshire, on 29 April 1729, the eldest of the six daughters of John Carwardine of Thinghills Court, Withington, Herefordshire, and his wife, Anne Bullock of Preston Wynn, who was also a miniature painter. Her father having ruined the family estates ...

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Charretie [née Kennell], Anna Maria (1819–1875), miniature painter and oil painter, was born at Vauxhall, Surrey, on 5 May 1819, the daughter and one of at least two children of John Pratt Kennell (1779-1842), an officer in the department of stamps and taxes...

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Costa [née Mendes], Catherine [Rachel] da (1679–1756), miniature painter, was born in London in 1679, the eldest daughter of Dr Fernando (Moses) Mendes (1647–1724) and his wife, Isabel (Rachel) Henriques (d. 1691), daughter of Diego Rodrigues Marques. Mendes's parents were born in ...

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Costello, Louisa Stuart (1799–1870), miniature painter and author, was born in Middlesex (according to the 1851 census), the daughter of Captain James Francis Costello (d. 1814) of the 14th foot, a native of co. Mayo, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Tothridge (...

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See Douglas, William [W. D.]

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Hill [née Dietz; other married name Harriott], Diana (d. 1844), miniature painter, of unknown parentage, was a pupil of the miniature painter Jeremiah Meyer. In 1775 she exhibited three miniatures at the Society of Artists and was presented with an award. At that time she lived in ...

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Jones, Charlotte (1768–1847), miniature painter, was the daughter of Thomas Jones, merchant, of Cley, whose family had moved from Wales and settled near the north coast of Norfolk about 1680. Following her father's death, before 1800, Charlotte Jones moved to London, where she received lessons in painting in watercolour on ivory from the fashionable miniaturist ...

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Kendrick, Emma Eleonora (1788–1871), miniature painter, was baptized on 22 February 1789 at St Mary Street, St Marylebone Road, Middlesex, the daughter of Joseph Kendrick (b. 1755), sculptor, and his wife, Jane. Her elder brother, Josephus Kendrick (1791–1832), was also a sculptor; in the ...

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Knight, Mary Ann (1776–1851), miniature painter, was born on 7 September 1776 in Birchin Lane, Cornhill, London, and was baptized on 28 October 1776 in the parish church of St Michael Cornhill, the daughter of John Knight, merchant, and his wife, Frances, née...

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Anne Mee (c. 1770–1851) self-portrait V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Mee [née Foldsone], Anne (c. 1770–1851), miniature painter, was the eldest daughter of John Foldsone (d. 1784), portrait painter of small whole-lengths, for which 'a guinea the piece, or less, rather than lose the sitter was taken' (Court and Private Life...

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Christina Robertson (1796–1854) self-portrait, c. 1822 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Robertson [née Saunders], Christina (1796–1854), miniature and portrait painter, was born at Kinghorn, Fife, on 17 December 1796, the daughter of a Scottish coach painter. She seems to have been taught to paint by her uncle, the miniaturist George Sanders (1774–1846). It was probably ...