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R. E. Graves

revised by J. Desmarais

Proctor, Thomas (1753–1794), history painter and sculptor, was born at Settle, Yorkshire, on 22 April 1753. His impoverished father apprenticed him to a tobacconist in Manchester, but he afterwards moved to London, and for a time worked in a merchant's counting-house. In 1777 he enrolled as a student at the ...