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Sir (Peter) Francis Bourgeois (1756–1811) by Sir William Beechey, c. 1810 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Bourgeois, Sir (Peter) Francis (1756–1811), landscape painter and founder of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, was given to obfuscation and romance where his origins were concerned; but he was born in London, the son of Issac Bourgeois (b. 1707/8), who was of Swiss descent, and his wife, ...