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Albin, Eleazar (d. 1742?), naturalist and watercolour painter, may have been born somewhere in the German states to a family named Weiss. Nothing is known of his early life, although he later claimed, in his Natural History of Birds (1731–8), to have been 'at ...

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Anderson, (Alfred Charles) Stanley (1884–1966), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 11 May 1884 at 11 North Road, Bristol, the son of Alfred Ernest Anderson (1859–1939), of Heavitree, Devon, who started his own business as a skilled general and heraldic engraver, and his wife, ...

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(Alfred Charles) Stanley Anderson (1884–1966) self-portrait, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Archer, John Wykenham (1806–1864), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 2 August 1806 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of a 'respectable and prosperous tradesman of that town' (GM, 246). Little is known of his early life, but his obituary in the ...

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Robert Sargent Austin (1895–1973) self-portrait, 1921 [Portrait of the Artist] © Copyright The British Museum

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Austin, Robert Sargent (1895–1973), engraver and watercolour painter, was born on 23 June 1895 at 14 Magazine Square, Leicester, the eldest of the three children of Robert Austin, a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Smith. Encouraged by his father, after leaving Lansdowne Road school...

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Austin, Samuel (1796–1834), watercolour painter, was probably born on 30 September 1796, and baptized on 23 October at the Mount Pleasant Wesleyan Chapel, Liverpool, the son of Samuel (or possibly William) Austin and his wife, Mary. His early years are obscure. He attended the ...

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Barralet, John James (1747–1815), watercolour painter, was born in Dublin, and came of a French family. He was educated under James Mannin in the Dublin Society Schools, where he was awarded a premium in 1764. He specialized in landscapes, producing prosaic works with no hint of drama, although the trees are particularly well executed. However, his forte was undoubtedly the figures who people many of his works and give a lively immediacy to his watercolours. He worked in ...

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Baynes, James (1766–1837), watercolour painter and drawing-master, was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, in April 1766. According to Samuel Redgrave, his education was paid for by a friend, but this assistance apparently ceased on his marriage. A pupil of George Romney, he entered the ...

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Benazech, Peter Paul (1730?–1798), engraver and watercolour painter, is said to have been born in England. In 1746 he was apprenticed to the landscape engraver Francis Vivares for £20, and he continued to work for Vivares after the expiration of his apprenticeship, producing, for instance, two views of ...

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Bentley, Charles (1805/6–1854), watercolour painter, was born in Tottenham Court Road, London, the son of a master carpenter; he may possibly be identified with Charles, the son of Thomas and Mary Bentley, baptized at St James's, Paddington, on 24 August 1806. He was apprenticed to the engraver ...

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Bowles, Edward Augustus [Gussie] (1865–1954), horticulturist and watercolour painter, was born on 14 May 1865 at Myddelton House, Bull's Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, the fourth of five children of Henry Carrington Bowles Bowles (formerly Treacher; 1830–1918), a landowner and governor of the New River Company...

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Edward Augustus Bowles (1865–1954) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Boyce, George Price (1826–1897), watercolour painter, the son of George John Boyce (d. 1853) and his wife, Anne Price, was born on 24 September 1826 at Gray's Inn Terrace, Bloomsbury. His father was a prosperous London wine merchant, silversmith, and pawnbroker who lived near at least one of his pawnshops, in ...

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Boyne, John (1750s–1810), watercolour painter and engraver, was born in co. Down, Ireland. His father was originally a joiner by trade, but afterwards held an appointment in the victualling office at Deptford for many years. Boyne was brought to England when about nine years old, and subsequently articled (...

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Boys, Thomas Shotter (1803–1874), topographical watercolour painter and printmaker, was born on 2 January 1803 at Pentonville, near London, the son of a salesman. He was apprenticed on 4 February 1817 to the London engraver George Cooke. His earliest recorded prints are an etching of 1823 after an antique vase in ...

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Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821–1906) by John Singer Sargent © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brabazon [formerly Sharpe], Hercules Brabazon (1821–1906), watercolour painter, was born Hercules Brabazon Sharpe on 27 November 1821 in Paris, the second of the four children of Hercules Sharpe (d. 1858) and his wife, Anne (d. 1837×40), daughter of Sir Anthony Brabazon, ...

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Brewtnall, Edward Frederick (1846–1902), watercolour painter, was born in 1 Crane Court, St Dunstan's parish, London, on 13 October 1846, the eldest son of Edward Brewtnall (1818–1892), headmaster of the People's College, Warrington, Lancashire, and subsequently editor of the Warrington Guardian, and his wife, ...

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Bright, Henry (1810?–1873), watercolour painter, was born in Saxmundham in Suffolk, third son and probably youngest of the nine children of Jerome Bright (1770–1846), a clockmaker and jeweller, and his wife, Susannah Denny (c.1771–1842). Bright's date of birth is uncertain: the most likely date is 5 June 1810, although both his death certificate and gravestone state that he was fifty-nine when he died. The ...