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Butler [née Thompson], Elizabeth Southerden, Lady Butler (1846–1933), military painter, was born on 3 November 1846 at Villa Claremont, Lausanne, Switzerland, the elder daughter of Thomas James Thompson (1812–1881) and his second wife, Christiana Weller (1825–1910). Unusually, her education and that of her sister, the poet and essayist ...

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Carpenter [née Geddes], Margaret Sarah (1793–1872), portrait and genre painter, was born on 1 February 1793 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was baptized at St Thomas's Church on 7 June 1793, the second of six children of Alexander Geddes (1763–1843), retired army officer, and his wife, ...

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Cole, George (1810–1883), landscape and animal painter, was born on 15 January 1810 in London, the second child and only son of James Cole (1772–1847) and Elizabeth Parker (d. 1819). Information about his early life is scanty: according to his grandson, Rex Vicat Cole...

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Ferneley, John (1782–1860), sporting painter, was born on 18 May 1782 in the village of Thrussington, 6 miles from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He was the ninth of ten children born to William Ferneley, wheelwright and wagon builder, and his wife, Ann. He received only minimal schooling, and to the end of his days his spelling was eccentric and his punctuation non-existent. At the age of twenty, although still working for his father, he was showing an increasing interest in decorating farm carts with his paintings and making primitive sketches of fox-hunting. His naïve efforts came to the attention of the young ...

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Fildes, Sir (Samuel) Luke (1843–1927), illustrator and genre and portrait painter, was born on 18 October 1843 at 22 Standish Street, Liverpool, the fourth of the ten children of James Fildes (c.1813–1858) of Manchester, mariner and shipping agent, and his wife, ...

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Grant, Sir Francis (1803–1878), portrait and sporting painter, was born on 18 January 1803 in Edinburgh, the fourth of seven children of Francis Grant (d. 1819), laird of Kilgraston, Perthshire, a landowner with estates in Scotland and Jamaica, and his wife, Anne Oliphant...

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Herring, John Frederick, senior (1795–1865), sporting painter, was born on 12 September 1795 in Blackfriars, London, the eldest of nine children of Benjamin Herring (d. 1871) and Sarah Jemima (d. 1831), née Howard. His father was a fringe maker and upholsterer working from ...

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Landseer, Sir Edwin Henry (1802–1873), animal painter, was born in London on 7 March 1802 at 88 Queen Anne Street East, Marylebone, the youngest of the three sons, and the fourth of the seven surviving children of John George Landseer (1762/3–1852), engraver and author, and his wife, ...

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Le Jeune, Henry (1819–1904), history and genre painter, was born in London on 12 December 1819, the son of Anthony Le Jeune, a professional musician of Flemish origin. Le Jeune hailed from a musical family, his grandfather and brothers also being musicians. His sister developed an interest in photography, working in ...

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Leslie, Charles Robert (1794–1859), literary genre painter and author, was born in Clerkenwell, London, on 19 October 1794, the eldest son of Robert Charles Leslie (d. 1804), a prosperous Philadelphia clockmaker, and his wife, Lydia Baker (1766/7–1824). Leaving a business partner behind, his father had moved to ...

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Morland, George (1763–1804), landscape and genre painter, was born on 26 June 1763 at the Haymarket, London, the eldest of the six children of Henry Robert Morland (1716x19–1797), painter, engraver, and art dealer, and his wife, Jenny or Jane Lacam (fl. 1740–1780)...

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Parkinson, Sydney (d. 1771), natural history artist, was born in Edinburgh, one of three children and the younger son of Joel Parkinson, a brewer and leading Quaker of that city, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1700–1771). His birth year is uncertain: 1745, the traditional estimate, is twelve years after his brother's and by then his mother was in her mid-forties, so it appears suspect....

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Sharples, Rolinda (1793–1838), portrait and genre painter, was born on 3 September 1793, probably in Bath, the second child and only daughter of James Sharples (1751/2–1811) and of his third wife, Ellen Sharples [née Wallace] (1769–1849). Both Rolinda's parents were professional artists, ...

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Stanhope, John Roddam Spencer (1829–1908), painter, was born at Cannon Hall, outside the village of Cawthorne, near Barnsley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on 20 January 1829. He was the younger son and fourth of the five children of John Spencer Stanhope (1787–1873)...

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Ward, Henrietta Mary Ada (1832–1924), historical genre painter, was born on 1 June 1832 at 6 Newman Street, London, the only child of artists George Raphael Ward (1799–1878) [see under Ward, James] and his wife, Mary Webb, and granddaughter of the painter ...

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Waterhouse, John William (1849–1917), figure painter, was born in January 1849 at Rome, Italy, and baptized there on 6 April, the first of the four children of William Waterhouse (bap. 1816, d. 1890), painter, from Heckmondwike, West Riding of Yorkshire, and his second wife, ...

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Wilkie, Sir David (1785–1841), painter of genre, historical subjects, and portraits, was born on 18 November 1785 in the manse at Cults, in the parish of Pitlessie, Fife, where he was baptized on 4 December 1785, the third of the five children of the ...

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Wolf, Joseph [formerly Mathias] (1820–1899), wildlife painter, eldest son of Anton Wolf (1788–1859), a farmer and Hauptmann (headman), and his wife, Elisabeth Probstfeld (1792–1867), was born in Mörz, near Münstermaifeld, in Rhenish Prussia, on 22 January 1820. His birth certificate gives his name as ...

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Wootton, John (1681/2–1764), landscape painter and sporting artist, was born in Snitterfield, Warwickshire, and may have been the John Wootton who was baptized on 13 June 1684 at Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire, the son of Thomas Wootten and his wife, Elizabeth. Of his early years, virtually nothing is known beyond his presumed service as a page to ...