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Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...

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L. A. Fagan

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Boydell, Josiah (1752–1817), artist and publisher, was born on 18 January 1752 at the Manor House, Hawarden, Flintshire, the fourth of nine children of Samuel Boydell (1727–1783), farmer, and his wife Ann, née Turner (1725–1764). Apprenticed in 1766 to his uncle, John Boydell...

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Cooke family (per. c. 1800–1865), engravers, artists, and publishers, came to prominence with William Bernard Cooke (1778–1855), who was born in Charles Street, Hatton Garden, London, the son of a German immigrant confectioner from Frankfurt am Main, Johann Bernhard Guck, who changed his name to ...

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Mai Ghoussoub (1952–2007) by unknown photographer Saqi Books

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Ghoussoub, Mai (1952–2007), writer, publisher, and artist, was born in Beit Shabab, a town in the mountains above Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 November 1952, the second daughter of Raymond Ghoussoub, lawyer and amateur footballer, and his wife, Maggie Bridi, mathematics teacher. Her parents were Maronite Christian Arabs. She was educated at the ...

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F. M. O'Donoghue

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Harding, Silvester [Sylvester] (1745x51–1809), artist and publisher, was born at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, on 5 August 1745, the son of Sylvester and Mary Harding who married there on 11 August 1745. He was looked after by an uncle in London, but at the age of fourteen ran away and joined a company of strolling actors, with whom he played under an assumed name for some years. In 1775 he returned to ...

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Havell family (per. c. 1775–1934), artists and publishers, came to prominence with Luke Havell (d. 1810) and Daniel Havell (d. 1825/6). The exact relationship of these two men, who represent the two branches of the Havell family, remains unclear but it is thought that they were either brothers or cousins. They came from an ancient but impoverished ...

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Arthur Pond (bap. 1701, d. 1758) self-portrait, 1739 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pond, Arthur (bap. 1701, d. 1758), artist and printseller, was baptized on 2 August 1701 in the parish church of St Magnus the Martyr, London. The oldest surviving son of John Pond (d. 1749), a wealthy surgeon of London Bridge, and his wife, ...

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Sowerby, John Edward (1825–1870), artist and publisher, was born in Lambeth on 17 January 1825, the eldest son of the botanist and publisher Charles Edward Sowerby (1795–1842) and his wife, Judith Ainsley. A grandson of James Sowerby (1757–1822), the natural history artist and publisher of ...