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Hakewill, John (1742–1791), painter and decorator, was born in London on 27 February 1742, the son of William Hakewill and his wife, Mary Dransfield. He was the great-grandson of William Hakewill (bap. 1574, d. 1655), master of chancery. His father was foreman to ...


William Kent (bap. 1686, d. 1748) by William Aikman, c. 1723–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Kent, William (bap. 1686, d. 1748), painter, architect, and designer of gardens and interior furnishings, was baptized William Cant in St Mary's Church, Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 1 January 1686, the son of William Cant and his wife, Esther Shimmings.


Pillement, Jean Baptiste (1728–1808), painter and designer, was born in Lyon, France, on 24 May 1728. He came from a long line of painters, and after early training in his native Lyon he worked briefly at the Gobelins factory in Paris, before going to ...