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Abbot, John (1751–1840?), naturalist and artist, born at Bennet Street, St James, London, on 1 June 1751, was the second of the five children of John Abbot (d. 1787), a prosperous attorney, and his wife, Ann Clousinger. As a youth, Abbot developed a passion for entomology and for drawing, an enthusiasm that was supported by his father, who retained ...

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Hulme, Frederick Edward (1841–1909), naturalist and artist, was born at Hanley, Staffordshire, on either 29 (his own claim) or 30 (according to his birth certificate) March 1841, the only son of Frederick William Hulme (1816–1884), landscape painter, and his wife, Caroline Jackson. In 1844 the family moved to ...

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Lewin, John William (1770–1819), naturalist and artist, was born on 28 March 1770 and baptized at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London, on 15 April 1770. He was the son (and one of at least six children) of the naturalist and artist ...

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Lewin, William (1747–1795), naturalist and artist, was born on 10 February 1747, the son of William Lewin, a rate mariner, and his wife, Anne. He was baptized on 6 July 1748 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, where he grew up. Probably in 1768 or 1769, he married ...

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Sowerby, James De Carle (1787–1871), naturalist and artist, was born in London on 5 June 1787, the eldest of the nine children of James Sowerby (1757–1822), botanical artist, and his wife, Anne de Carle (1764–1815). George Brettingham Sowerby the first was his younger brother. He was educated at home by private tutors, but in science was largely self-taught with the help of his father's scientist contacts. He was attracted to chemistry and mineralogy and conducted his own analytical experiments encouraged by ...

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William Swainson (1789–1855) by Edward Francis Finden, pubd 1840 (after Mosses) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Swainson, William (1789–1855), naturalist and artist, was born on 8 October 1789 at Newington Butts, London, the son of John Timothy Swainson (1757–1824), customs collector, and his second wife, Frances Stanway (1769–1792). His father was a keen amateur zoologist, well informed and assiduous in his collection of shells, insects, and fossils; he was also a founder member of the ...