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Kay, John (1742–1826), portrait etcher and miniature painter, was born in April 1742 in a small house known as Gibraltar, near Dalkeith, Scotland, the son of John Kay (d. 1748), a mason, and his wife, Helen Alexander. Kay was only six when his father died, and he was placed in the care of some relatives of his mother in ...

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Newton, Richard (1777–1798), caricaturist and miniature painter, was probably born in London, the son of Richard Newton (d. 1796), a haberdasher who later let properties near the Drury Lane Theatre. Little is known of the younger Newton's early life and artistic training. His earliest surviving print was engraved when he was eleven and his talent was certainly well developed by the age of fourteen, when he joined the radical publisher ...