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Biffin [Beffin; married name Wright], Sarah (1784–1850), miniature painter, was born on 25 October 1784 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset, and baptized there, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, on 31 October. She was the third of five children of Henry John Beffin (1747/8–1835)...

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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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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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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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Carwardine [married name Butler], Penelope (1729–c. 1801), miniature painter, was born at Withington, Herefordshire, on 29 April 1729, the eldest of the six daughters of John Carwardine of Thinghills Court, Withington, Herefordshire, and his wife, Anne Bullock of Preston Wynn, who was also a miniature painter. Her father having ruined the family estates ...

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Cooper, Samuel (1607/8–1672), miniature painter, was born probably in Blackfriars, London, the elder child of Richard Cooper (b. 1577) and Barbara Hoskins (b. c.1590), who were married on 1 September 1607 at the church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, near ...

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Crosse, Richard (1742–1810), miniature painter, was born at Knowle, near Cullompton, Devon, on 24 April 1742, the son of John and Mary Crosse, of an old Devon family. Like one of his sisters he was born deaf and mute. About 1778 he formed an attachment to ...

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Engleheart, George (1750–1829), miniature painter, was born on 26 October 1750 at Kew, Surrey, the third surviving son of Francis Engelheart or Engleheart (1713/14–1773), a plaster modeller who had emigrated from Germany in his childhood, and his wife, Ann Dawney (bap. 1713, ...

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Essex family (per. c. 1800–c. 1860), enamellists and miniature painters, came to prominence with the brothers William Essex (1784–1869) and Alfred Essex (d. 1871). Little is known of their parents or childhood, but it appears from the inscription on a miniature by ...

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Flatman, Thomas (1635–1688), miniature painter and man of letters, is said to have been the son of a clerk in the court of chancery. According to his horoscope he was born on 21 February 1635 (Bodleian Quarterly Record, 8) in either ...

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Gerbier, Sir Balthazar (1592–1663/1667), art agent, miniature painter, and architect, was born on 23 February 1592 at Middelburg in the Netherlands, the son of Antonie Gerbier and Radigonde Blavet, who were Huguenot émigrés. Gerbier later styled himself Baron d'Ouvilly, or Doully. Little is known about his early upbringing or education, and ...

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Gibson, Richard [called Dwarf Gibson] (1605/1615?–1690), miniature painter, is generally said, but on unstated original authority, to have been born in Cumberland. More recently it has been proposed that he may have been the Richard, son of John Gibson, 'picturemaker...

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Hazlitt, John (1767–1837), miniature and portrait painter, was born on 13 May 1767 at Marshfield, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of the Revd William Hazlitt (1737–1820), Unitarian minister, originally from Shronell, co. Tipperary, and his wife, Grace, née Loftus (1746–1837), daughter of Thomas and ...

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Hilliard, Nicholas (1547?–1619), miniature painter, was the eldest of the four sons and four daughters of Richard Hilliard (d. 1594), leading citizen and goldsmith of Exeter in Devon, and his wife, Laurence, daughter of Richard's former master, John Wall. Nicholas was probably born in 1547, the year of the death of ...

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Humphry, Ozias (1742–1810), miniature and portrait painter, was born on 8 September 1742 at Honiton, Devon, where he was baptized on 21 September, the eldest surviving child of George Humphry (d. 1759), peruke-maker and mercer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1790)...

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Mee [née Foldsone], Anne (c. 1770–1851), miniature painter, was the eldest daughter of John Foldsone (d. 1784), portrait painter of small whole-lengths, for which 'a guinea the piece, or less, rather than lose the sitter was taken' (Court and Private Life...

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Meyer, Jeremiah (1735–1789), miniature painter, was born at Tübingen, Württemberg, on 18 January 1735. He was brought to England at the age of twelve by his father, who was described by William Hayley, Meyer's great friend, as portrait painter to the duke of Württemberg...

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Oliver, Isaac (c. 1565–1617), miniature painter, was apparently the only child of Pierre Olivier, goldsmith of Rouen in Normandy, and his wife, Epiphane. Olivier was among a group of Huguenot refugees from Paris and Rouen, many of them goldsmiths, who were admitted to ...

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Oliver, Peter [Pierre] (1589–1647), miniature painter, was the eldest son of the miniaturist Isaac Oliver and his first wife, Elizabeth (b. 1570/71), whom he had possibly met and married in the Low Countries about 1588. She died and was buried, aged twenty-eight, on 6 September 1599. The ...

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Robertson, Andrew (1777–1845), miniature painter, was born on 14 October 1777 at Aberdeen, the seventh of the eight children of William Robertson (1732–1817), architect, and his wife, Jean (1738–1811), daughter of Alexander Ross of Balnagowan. After attending school in Aberdeen, Robertson was sent to college in 1791 to train for the medical profession and eventually obtained an MA from ...