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Cosmo Alexander (1724–1772) self-portrait, before 1745? Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

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Alexander, Cosmo (1724–1772), portrait painter and traveller, was born probably in Aberdeen, the son and pupil of the Aberdonian painter and engraver John Alexander (1686–c.1766), who had worked in Rome from 1711 to 1719, and his wife, Isobel Innes. John Alexander...

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Belle, Alexis-Simon (1674–1734), portrait painter, was born on 12 January 1674, in the rue du Bac, Paris, and baptized on 17 January at St Sulpice, Paris, the second child but only son of Jean Belle (1636/1641–1703), portrait painter, and Anne Malguy (d...

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Borsselaer [Bustler], Pieter (fl. 1664–1687), portrait painter, was most likely of a Dutch burger family of that name long established in Zeeland, the Netherlands. From the fifteenth century onwards members of the family are recorded serving as regents, sheriffs, burgermasters, and taxation clerks in the towns of ...

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Costa [née Mendes], Catherine [Rachel] da (1679–1756), miniature painter, was born in London in 1679, the eldest daughter of Dr Fernando (Moses) Mendes (1647–1724) and his wife, Isabel (Rachel) Henriques (d. 1691), daughter of Diego Rodrigues Marques. Mendes's parents were born in ...

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Crowley, Nicholas Joseph (1819–1857), genre and portrait painter, was born on 6 December 1819 in Dublin, the son of Peter Crowley. He began his training at the art school of the Royal Dublin Society at the age of eight, and then moved to the ...

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Michael Dahl (1659–1743) self-portrait, 1691 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dahl, Michael (1659–1743), portrait painter, was born on 29 September 1659 in Stockholm, Sweden. Nothing of his father is known. His mother, Catarina, had a lengthy widowhood in difficult circumstances, as is recorded in a letter from Dahl, written in Rome and dated 6 October 1687, in which he also refers to a sister. ...

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Devis, Arthur William (1762–1822), portrait painter, was born in London on 10 August 1762, the nineteenth child of the portrait painter Arthur Devis (1712–1787) and his wife, Elizabeth Faulkner (1723–1788), and the nephew of the landscape painter Anthony Devis (1729–1816/17) [see under...

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Elwes, Simon Vincent Edmund Paul (1902–1975), portrait painter, was born on 29 June 1902 at Hothorpe Hall, Northamptonshire, the sixth and youngest son (two daughters were born later) of the singer Gervase Henry Elwes (1866–1921), a famous Gerontius, and his wife, Lady Winefride Mary Elizabeth (...

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Fagan, Robert (1761–1816), art dealer and portrait painter, the son of Michael Fagan (1728–1783), was born on 5 March 1761. The Fagans were from Cork, but his father had a successful bakery business at Long Acre, London, which was probably Fagan's birthplace. Reputedly a pupil of ...

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Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes (1843–1927) self-portrait, 1911 © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer John Hammond

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Fildes, Sir (Samuel) Luke (1843–1927), illustrator and genre and portrait painter, was born on 18 October 1843 at 22 Standish Street, Liverpool, the fourth of the ten children of James Fildes (c.1813–1858) of Manchester, mariner and shipping agent, and his wife, ...

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Gascar, Henri (1634/5–1701), portrait painter, was probably born in Paris. He was perhaps the son of an obscure French artist, Pierre Gascard. He is known to have been in Rome in 1659, where he may have studied with Pierre Mignard. In 1671 he was ...

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Adriaen Hanneman (c. 1604–1671) self-portrait, 1656 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Hanneman, Adriaen (c. 1604–1671), portrait painter, was born in The Hague, Netherlands, into a family of Catholic government officials. He trained under the portrait painter Anthony van Ravesteyn (1580–1669), brother of Jan van Ravesteyn. There is no evidence that he worked as an assistant to ...

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John Hoppner (1758–1810) self-portrait, c. 1800 © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2002. Photographer: J. Hammond

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Hoppner, John (1758–1810), portrait painter, was born on 25 April 1758 in London, perhaps at St James's Palace, the first of the two children of John Hoppner, a surgeon, and Mary Anne (1728/9–1812). Hoppner's parents were both Germans—Bavarians according to the artist's son ...

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Huquier, Jacques-Gabriel [James-Gabriel] [known as Huquier fils] (1730–1805), engraver and portrait painter, was born in Paris, the son of Marie-Anne Desvignes (d. 1775) and Gabriel Huquier (1695–1772). His father was a well-known painter, etcher, print publisher, printseller, and collector who played a crucial role in the publication of design drawings and artists' ...

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Huysmans [Huysman], Jacob [Jaques] (c. 1630–1696), portrait painter, was probably born in Antwerp. George Vertue and Horace Walpole claimed that he was a pupil of Gilles Backereel, but their accounts cannot be substantiated. He may be identified with the Jaques Huysman listed in the registers of the ...