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Albin, Eleazar (d. 1742?), naturalist and watercolour painter, may have been born somewhere in the German states to a family named Weiss. Nothing is known of his early life, although he later claimed, in his Natural History of Birds (1731–8), to have been '...

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Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham (1848–1926) by unknown photographer courtesy of Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

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Allingham [née Paterson], Helen Mary Elizabeth (1848–1926), watercolour painter, was born on 26 September 1848 at Swadlincote, Derbyshire, the eldest of the seven children (three boys and four girls) of Alexander Henry Paterson (1825–1862), medical practitioner and surgeon, and his wife, Mary Chance Herford (1824–1894)...

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Angell [née Coleman], Helen Cordelia (1847–1884), watercolour painter, was born in January 1847 at Horsham in Sussex, the fifth daughter in a family of twelve children born to William Thomas Coleman, a physician, and his wife, Henrietta Dendy. Despite her father's lack of sympathy for the visual arts, ...

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Barralet, John James (1747–1815), watercolour painter, was born in Dublin, and came of a French family. He was educated under James Mannin in the Dublin Society Schools, where he was awarded a premium in 1764. He specialized in landscapes, producing prosaic works with no hint of drama, although the trees are particularly well executed. However, his forte was undoubtedly the figures who people many of his works and give a lively immediacy to his watercolours. He worked in ...

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Barton, Rose (1856–1929), watercolour painter, was born at Rochestown, co. Tipperary, on 21 April 1856, the second daughter of Augustine Barton (d. 1874), solicitor. She was of the Anglo-Irish gentry, educated privately, and presented at Dublin Castle in 1872. She first exhibited in ...

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Bentley, Charles (1805/6–1854), watercolour painter, was born in Tottenham Court Road, London, the son of a master carpenter; he may possibly be identified with Charles, the son of Thomas and Mary Bentley, baptized at St James's, Paddington, on 24 August 1806. He was apprenticed to the engraver ...

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Louisa Anne Beresford, marchioness of Waterford (1818–1891) by Sir Francis Grant, 1842 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Beresford [née Stuart], Louisa Anne, marchioness of Waterford (1818–1891), watercolour painter and philanthropist, was born on 14 April 1818 at the Hôtel Charost, Faubourg St Honoré, Paris, the second daughter of Sir Charles Stuart, later Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779–1845), diplomatist. Her paternal grandfather was ...

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Edward Augustus Bowles (1865–1954) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Bowles, Edward Augustus [Gussie] (1865–1954), horticulturist and watercolour painter, was born on 14 May 1865 at Myddelton House, Bull's Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, the fourth of five children of Henry Carrington Bowles Bowles (formerly Treacher; 1830–1918), a landowner and governor of the New River Company...

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Boyce, George Price (1826–1897), watercolour painter, the son of George John Boyce (d. 1853) and his wife, Anne Price, was born on 24 September 1826 at Gray's Inn Terrace, Bloomsbury. His father was a prosperous London wine merchant, silversmith, and pawnbroker who lived near at least one of his pawnshops, in ...

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Boyne, John (1750s–1810), watercolour painter and engraver, was born in co. Down, Ireland. His father was originally a joiner by trade, but afterwards held an appointment in the victualling office at Deptford for many years. Boyne was brought to England when about nine years old, and subsequently articled (...

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Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821–1906) by John Singer Sargent © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brabazon [formerly Sharpe], Hercules Brabazon (1821–1906), watercolour painter, was born Hercules Brabazon Sharpe on 27 November 1821 in Paris, the second of the four children of Hercules Sharpe (d. 1858) and his wife, Anne (d. 1837×40), daughter of Sir Anthony Brabazon, ...

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Bright, Henry (1810?–1873), watercolour painter, was born in Saxmundham in Suffolk, third son and probably youngest of the nine children of Jerome Bright (1770–1846), a clockmaker and jeweller, and his wife, Susannah Denny (c.1771–1842). Bright's date of birth is uncertain: the most likely date is 5 June 1810, although both his death certificate and gravestone state that he was fifty-nine when he died. The ...

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Burton, Sir Frederic William (1816–1900), watercolour painter and art administrator, was born on 8 April 1816 at Clifden House, Corofin, near Inchiquin Lake, co. Clare, Ireland. He was the third son of Samuel Frederic Burton (b. 1786), a country gentleman, and his wife, ...

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William Callow (1812–1908) by Edward Robert Hughes © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Callow, William (1812–1908), watercolour painter, was born in Greenwich, Kent, on 28 July 1812, elder son of Robert Callow (1786–1848), a master builder, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1848). John Callow was his younger brother. William Callow showed an early talent for drawing and at the age of eleven was tinting prints for the engraver ...