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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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Christie, James (1730–1803), auctioneer, was born in Perth, Scotland. Little is known of his background, except that his mother was a MacDonald; his father, an Englishman of good family. He entered the navy, but resigned his commission as a midshipman about 1750 in order to marry....

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Christie, James (1773–1831), antiquary and auctioneer, eldest son of James Christie (1730–1803), was born in Pall Mall in 1773. He was educated at Eton College and was intended for the church, but joined the family firm and directed it after his father's death in 1803. In addition to an active life as an auctioneer, ...

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James Christie (1730–1803) by Thomas Gainsborough, exh. RA 1778 © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Ford, William (1771–1832), bookseller and print dealer, was born in Manchester, the son of Ann and John Ford, a tin man, brazier, and brass-founder. He was baptized on 8 February 1772 in the Cannon Street Independent Chapel in Manchester, and educated at Manchester grammar school...

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Greenwood, John (1727–1792), portrait painter and auctioneer, was born on 7 December 1727 in Boston, Massachusetts, and baptized on 10 December in the Old North Church, Boston, the son of Samuel Greenwood (1690–1742), a Harvard graduate (1709) and merchant, and his second wife, ...

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Humble, George (d. 1640), map- and printseller, dominated the map trade in the first forty years of the seventeenth century and died a very rich man. According to R. A. Skelton he was the son of the London stationer and bookseller Thomas Humble...

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Robins, George Henry (1777–1847), auctioneer, was born in London on 29 May 1777, the eldest of four surviving children of Henry Robins (1753–1821) of Oxenton, Gloucestershire, and Ann Marless (1746–1820). In 1790 his father and uncle, John Robins (1766–1821), set up as auctioneers in ...

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Sams, Joseph (1784–1860), bookseller and dealer in antiquities, was born on 26 February 1784 at Wellington, Somerset, the son of Joseph Sams and his wife, Esther, both members of the Society of Friends. He was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire, from 1794 to 1798, and was a teacher there from 1804 to 1810. He married at ...

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Smith, Joseph (fl. 1709–1731), printseller and art bookseller, is of unknown parentage and there is no record of his early life. His son Joland was apprenticed in 1721 and was therefore probably born about 1707. Shortly afterwards, in partnership with Henry Overton, David Mortier...

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Southgate, Henry (1818–1888), anthologist and auctioneer, was born in London, the son of James Webb Southgate, floor cloth manufacturer and auctioneer. Little is known of his early life or education, but on 4 June 1840 he married Elizabeth Lawson Robertson (b. 1819/20)...