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Sowerby, James (1757–1822), natural history artist, publisher, and collector, was born on 21 March 1757, at 2 Bolt-in-Tun Passage, Fleet Street, London, the son of John Sowerby (1719–1766), a lapidary, and his wife, Arabella Goodreed (1725–1782). He was educated at a day school, where he often made models during his lessons that he could sell. When he was fourteen friends provided ...

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Woodward, John (1665/1668–1728), physician, natural historian, and antiquary, was born on 1 May 1665, or possibly 1668, in a village (possibly Wirksworth) in Derbyshire; he may have been of a Gloucestershire family and his mother's maiden surname may have been Burdett. At sixteen he was apprenticed to a ...