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Astley, John (1720–1787), portrait painter and beau, was born at Wem in Shropshire on 24 June 1720, and baptized there on 6 April 1724, a younger son of Richard Astley, surgeon, and his wife, Margaret. After attending school in Shropshire, in the early 1740s he went to ...


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Worsdale, James (c. 1692–1767), portrait painter and rake, was the son of a poor colour grinder. He was engaged as a servant to Sir Godfrey Kneller, and subsequently became his apprentice and copyist, but was dismissed for surreptitiously marrying Lady Kneller's niece. In later times he claimed to be the natural son of ...