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Abbey, Edwin Austin (1852–1911), illustrator and painter, was born at 315 Race Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 April 1852, the eldest of the three children of William Maxwell Abbey (1827–1897), a merchant of French and English descent, and Margery Ann Kiple (1825–1880), who was descended from German and Irish immigrants. He was educated in ...

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Badmin, Stanley Roy (1906–1989), illustrator, painter, and printmaker, was born at 8A Niederwald Road, Sydenham, London, on 18 April 1906, the second child of Charles James Badmin, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Margaret (Madge) Raine, both of whom had come from Somerset. Important in his development into the essential illustrator of the English countryside were family holidays to ...

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F. M. O'Donoghue

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Barnard, Frederick (1846–1896), illustrator and painter, was born in Angel Street, St Martin's-le-Grand, London, on 26 May 1846, the youngest child of Edward Barnard, a manufacturing silversmith. He studied first at Heatherley's Art School in Newman Street, London, and later under the painter ...

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Barnard, Lambert (d. 1567/8), painter and calligrapher, may have been the son of a Dutch émigré rumoured to have come to England in the latter decades of the fifteenth century (Croft-Murray, 110), but further details of his parents and place of birth are unknown. He was perhaps born in the early 1490s, as his son ...

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Blackburn [née Wedderburn], Jemima (1823–1909), painter and illustrator, was born on 1 May 1823 at 31 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, the youngest of the six children of James Wedderburn (1782–1822), solicitor-general for Scotland, and Isabella Clerk (1789–1865). Her early childhood was overshadowed by the death of her father (before her birth) and beset by intermittent illness. She was encouraged to draw by her doctor, the distinguished ...

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George Henry Boughton (1833–1905) by Ralph W. Robinson, 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Martin Hardie

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Boughton, George Henry (1833–1905), painter and illustrator, was born on 4 December 1833 at a village near Norwich, where his father, William Boughton, was a farmer. Taken by his parents to America as an infant, he lived in Albany, New York, where he was educated at the high school. Self-taught as an artist, he sold his first painting, ...

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Brock family (per. c. 1895–1960), illustrators and painters, came to prominence with Charles Edmund Brock (1870–1938). Born in London on 5 February 1870, the son of Edmund Brock (1841–1921), a scholar in medieval and oriental languages and a reader at the ...

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Thomas Arthur Browne (1870–1910) by Kay Robertson, 1906 © Kay Robertson

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Browne, Thomas Arthur (1870–1910), illustrator and painter, was born at Nottingham on 8 December 1870, the son of Francis and Maria Browne. He left St Mary's national school, Nottingham, at the age of eleven to become an errand boy, first at a milliner's and later at a lace market, and when he was fourteen he was apprenticed to a firm of lithographic printers. His career as a black and white artist and humorous draughtsman began at the age of seventeen when he discovered that he could draw and make comic illustrations of his friends. One of them persuaded him to send some of his drawings to the comic paper ...

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Chéron, Louis (1660–1725), painter and illustrator, was born in Paris on 2 September 1660 into a notable French protestant family of artists, the son of Henri Chéron (d. 1677), a miniature painter and an engraver, and the younger brother of Elizabeth-Sophie Chéron (1648–1711)...

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See Claxton [married name Farrington], Florence Ann

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Coleman, William Stephen (1829–1904), book illustrator and painter, was born at Horsham, Sussex, and baptized there on 28 August 1836, one of the twelve children of William Thomas Coleman, a surgeon, and his wife, Henrietta Dendy. His sister Helen Angell (1847–1884) became well known as a flower painter. ...

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Walter Crane (1845–1915) by George Frederic Watts, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crane, Walter (1845–1915), illustrator, designer, and painter, was born on 15 August 1845 at 12 Maryland Street, Liverpool, the third child of Thomas Crane (1808–1859), a portrait painter well established in the north-west of England, and his wife, Marie Kearsley. When he was three months old the family moved to ...

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See Croker, Thomas Crofton

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Foster, (Myles) Birket (1825–1899), painter and illustrator, was born at 2 Rosella Place, North Shields, Northumberland, on 4 February 1825, fifth son of Myles Birket Foster (1785–1861) and his wife, Ann (1790–1884), daughter of Joseph King of Newcastle upon Tyne. Both parents came from prosperous north country families, staunch adherents of the ...

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Sir John Gilbert (1817–1897) self-portrait, 1892 Heritage Images Partnership

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Gilbert, Sir John (1817–1897), illustrator and painter, was born on 21 July 1817 at Blackheath, London, one of six children of George Felix Gilbert (1790-1864), a land and estate agent and auctioneer who had served in the militia, and his wife, ...

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Ernest Radford

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Halswelle, Keeley (1832–1891), book illustrator and painter, was born on 23 April 1832 at Richmond, Surrey, the son of David Halswelle and Elizabeth Spence. He was educated in London and Edinburgh, and while still young contributed drawings to the Illustrated London News. Much of his early career was spent in book illustration. In 1856 some work for ...