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Grimshaw, (John) Atkinson (1836–1893), landscape painter, was born on 6 September 1836 at 9 Back Park Street, Leeds, the third son of six children of David Grimshaw (b. 1811), a policeman, and his wife, Mary Atkinson. In 1842 the family moved to ...

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John Linnell (1792–1882) self-portrait, c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Linnell, John (1792–1882), landscape and portrait painter, was born on 16 June 1792 in Plum Tree Street, Bloomsbury, London, the fourth and youngest child of James Linnell (1759–1836), woodcarver, framemaker, and picture dealer, and his wife, Mary Susannah, née Welshman (d. 1825)...

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George Smith (1713/1414–1776) by William Pether, pubd 1765 [Smith brothers [left to right]: John Smith (1716/17–1764), William Smith (1706/7–1764), and ] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, George (1713/14–1776), landscape painter, was the son of William Smith (d. 1719), a Chichester tradesman and Baptist minister, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. c.1755), daughter of Henry Spencer, a butcher in Horsham, Sussex. George Smith was the second and most gifted of three brothers who all practised painting and were known as ‘the ...

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Varley, Cornelius (1781–1873), landscape painter and inventor of optical apparatus, was born on 21 November 1781 at the Blue Post tavern in Mare Street, Hackney, the third of five children of Richard Varley (d. 1791) and his second wife, Hannah Fleetwood, a descendant of ...