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Alcock, Edward (fl. 1745–1778), portrait and miniature painter, is first recorded in 1745, living in Liverpool with his mother. Nothing is known of his early life. In Liverpool he met the young carver and gilder Thomas Johnson, to whom he advanced money to set up in business ...

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Ernest Radford

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Alefounder, John (1757–1794), portrait and miniature painter, was born in September 1757, probably in Colchester, Essex, the son of an architect and surveyor. He entered the Royal Academy Schools, as an architect, on 4 October 1776, aged nineteen 'Sept last' (Hutchison, 142...

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Barclay, William (1797/8–1859), miniature painter, was born possibly in London and was also possibly the son of William Barclay (fl. 1764–1769), miniature painter, of Tottenham, Middlesex. He entered the Royal Academy Schools on 15 January 1820, aged twenty-two, under the title '...

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R. E. Graves

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Bennett, William Mineard (1778–1858), miniature painter, was born in Exeter, Devon, and baptized on 2 November 1778 at St Thomas's, Exeter, one of at least two sons of William Bennett, who worked for the Exeter Bank, and his wife, Mary. He was apprenticed to ...

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Boit, Charles (1662–1727), miniature painter, was born on 10 August 1662 in Stockholm, the son of Charles Boit, a French silk merchant and salt manufacturer, and his wife, Marie, daughter of Noak Creveleur of Calais, France. Boit served an apprenticeship to a goldsmith in ...

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Bone, Henry (1755–1834), miniature and enamel painter, was born at Truro on 6 February 1755, the son of Henry Bone, a cabinet-maker and carver, who took his family to Plymouth, where Bone learned to paint on hard paste china for the Cookworthy factory. He continued his apprenticeship with ...

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Henry Bone (1755–1834) by John Opie, 1799 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bone, Henry Pierce (1779–1855), miniature and enamel painter, was born in Islington, London, on 6 November 1779, the eldest son and pupil of the enamel painter Henry Bone (1755–1834) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Van der Meulen (d. c.1830). He went to school in ...

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Henry Pierce Bone (1779–1855) self-portrait, 1847 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Bowyer, Robert (1758–1834), miniature painter and publisher, was born in Portsmouth, the son of Amos Bowyer, a shipwright, and his wife, Betty Ann. He was baptized there on 18 June 1758. He served first as a clerk to a merchant in Portsmouth and then in ...

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Branwhite, Nathan Cooper (1774/5–1857), miniature painter and engraver, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, the eldest son of Peregrine Branwhite (bap. 1745, d. c. 1795), minor poet and shopkeeper of Lavenham, Suffolk. He trained as an engraver under Isaac Taylor, an engraver and draughtsman, but became established as a miniaturist working in watercolour on ivory, exhibiting thirteen miniatures at the ...

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Brown, John (1749–1787), miniature painter and draughtsman, was born on 18 June 1749 in Edinburgh, the eldest of five children of Samuel Brown (1722–1787), and his wife and cousin, Agnes Fyfe Scoular (1716–1787). His father was a watchmaker and deacon of the Hammermen...

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Browne, Alexander (d. 1706), miniature painter and auctioneer, was also one of the first publishers of mezzotints. Of his parents and education nothing is known. In 1669 he wrote and published his Ars Pictoria, or, An Academy Treating of Drawing, Painting, Limning and Etching...

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Adam Buck (1759–1833) self-portrait, 1813 [The Artist and his Family] Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Buck, Adam (1759–1833), miniature and portrait painter, was born in Castle Street, Cork, the elder son of Jonathan Buck (1729/30–1786), a silversmith, of Castle Street, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sydney (d. 1817). Frederick Buck [see below] was his younger brother. His artistic training remains obscure but an anonymously published article in volume 26 of the ...

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Burt, Albin Roberts (1783–1842), portrait and miniature painter, was born, probably in London, on 1 December 1783, the son of Harry Burt (1725–1785), a grocer, and his Welsh wife, Mary, née Roberts (1739–1825). He trained as an engraver under Robert Thew and Benjamin Smith...

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L. H. Cust

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Childe, James Waring (1780–1862), miniature painter, was born in Poole, Dorset. Little is known of his early life and training, but he appears to have established a practice as a miniaturist in London by 1798, when he first exhibited at the Royal Academy...

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Collins, Richard (1755–1831), miniature painter, was born and baptized at Gosport, Hampshire, on 30 January 1755, the son of James and Sarah Collins of Gosport. He travelled to London in April 1776 and on 4 October that year entered the Royal Academy Schools...