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John Prescott Knight (1803–1881) by Maull & Polyblank © National Portrait Gallery, London


Knight, John Prescott (1803–1881), portrait painter, was born on 9 March 1803 in Stafford, the second of the three sons of Edward Knight (1774–1826), the comedian affectionately known as Little Knight, and the actress Sarah Clews (c.1781–1806). The Knight family soon moved to ...


Spilsbury, Jonathan (bap. 1737, d. 1812), printmaker and portrait painter, was born at Worcester, where he was baptized on 6 February 1737, the eldest of three sons of Thomas Spilsbury (d. 1741) and his second wife, Mary Wright (d. 1773), a young widow. He was followed by ...