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Hastings, Thomas (fl. 1803–1837), customs official and artist, whose origins are unknown, had been, according to his own statement of 1813, a captain and assistant quartermaster-general in the army. This position frequently required drawing skills for surveying duties, but Hastings has not been traced in either the British or the ...

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Nixon, John Colley (bap. 1755, d. 1818), merchant and artist, was the son of Robert Nixon (d. 1794), a successful Irish merchant working in Uphall and Tokenhouse, London, and his wife, Lucretia, née Wilson (bap. 1728). Details from his childhood remain obscure. In his memoirs ...