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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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Drewe [formerly Drew], Julius Charles (1856–1931), retailer and architectural patron, was born on 4 April 1856 at Pulloxhill vicarage, Pulloxhill, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the sixth child in a family of four sons and three daughters of the Revd George Smith Drew (d. 1880)...

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Driver, Robert Collier (1816–1897), surveyor and auctioneer, was born on 28 August 1816, one of the five sons of Charles Burrell Driver (1788–1852), of Cornhill, City of London, stationer, and his wife, Ann Manning. He was educated at a school in Epping, and in 1832 he was articled to ...

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Ellis, Wynne (1790–1875), haberdasher and art collector, was born at Oundle, Northamptonshire, in July 1790, the son of Thomas Ellis, who traced his ancestry to the Ellises of mid-Wales, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Ordway. He received a good education, then went to ...

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Evans, Frederick Henry (1853–1943), bookseller and photographer, was born in Whitechapel, London, on 26 June 1853, the son of John Cleland Evans, a music teacher. He spent his early years as a clerk in the accounts department of a London business. After purchasing a Ross microscope, he bought a camera in 1883 for both photomicroscopic and landscape photography from ...

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Fella, Thomas (bap. 1556, d. 1639), draper and calligrapher, was born at Bramfield, 2 miles south of Halesworth, Suffolk, and baptized at St Andrew's Church, Bramfield, on 8 November 1556. He was the son, and one of the five surviving children, of Robert Fella (...

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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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Gardiner, William Nelson (1766–1814), engraver and bookseller, born at Dublin on 11 June 1766, was the son of John Gardiner, 'crier and factotum' to Judge William Scott, and Margaret Nelson, his wife, a pastry-cook. He was educated at Sisson Darling's academy. After his mother's death, ...