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Browne, Alexander (d. 1706), miniature painter and auctioneer, was also one of the first publishers of mezzotints. Of his parents and education nothing is known. In 1669 he wrote and published his Ars Pictoria, or, An Academy Treating of Drawing, Painting, Limning and Etching...

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Day, Alexander (1745–1841), miniature painter and art dealer, was born in Somerset, the son of John Day. He was the pupil of Ozias Humphry in London, and exhibited miniatures with the Society of Artists in 1768, 1772, and 1773. He was described as 'At ...

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Exshaw, Charles (d. 1771), painter and art dealer, was born in Dublin, the son of John Exshaw (d. 1746). He trained there under Francis Bindon, who may have encouraged him to travel abroad. Exshaw left Dublin in 1747 to study in Paris...

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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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Ford, Michael (d. 1765), painter and printseller, was a native of Dublin and a pupil of the mezzotint engraver and printseller John Brooks. Ford, who styled himself ‘painter’, commissioned a handful of prints in the mid-1740s from Andrew Miller and published them from an address in ...

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Gerbier, Sir Balthazar (1592–1663/1667), art agent, miniature painter, and architect, was born on 23 February 1592 at Middelburg in the Netherlands, the son of Antonie Gerbier and Radigonde Blavet, who were Huguenot émigrés. Gerbier later styled himself Baron d'Ouvilly, or Doully. Little is known about his early upbringing or education, and ...

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See Gibson, Richard [called Dwarf Gibson]

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Greenwood, John (1727–1792), portrait painter and auctioneer, was born on 7 December 1727 in Boston, Massachusetts, and baptized on 10 December in the Old North Church, Boston, the son of Samuel Greenwood (1690–1742), a Harvard graduate (1709) and merchant, and his second wife, ...

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Hamilton, Gavin (1723–1798), painter, archaeologist, and dealer, was born at Murdieston House in the parish of Bertram Shotts, Lanarkshire, second son of Alexander Hamilton (d. 1768) of Murdieston, laird of Inverdovat (now Tayfield), Fife, who had inherited Murdieston from his great-uncle Alexander Inglis...

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Hugford, Ignazio Enrico (1702/3–1778), painter and picture collector and dealer, was born in Pisa, the son of Ignazio Hugford (b. c.1675), an English Catholic clockmaker who had emigrated to Tuscany, and his wife, Bridget Radcliffe. He studied painting with Antonio Domenico Gabbiani...

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James, William (fl. 1760–1771), topographical painter and picture dealer, of whose parents nothing is known, practised in London, residing for some years in Maiden Lane, and later at the Golden Head in May's Buildings, St Martin's Lane. He exhibited with the Incorporated Society of Artists...

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Jenkins, Thomas (1722–1798), art dealer, painter, and banker, was probably born in December 1722 in Sidbury, Devon, one of the two sons of William Jenkins. His brother, William, later became vicar of Sidbury and rector of Upottery. Possibly they were the William and ...

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Tresham, Henry (bap. 1750/51, d. 1814), history painter and art dealer, was born in Ireland, but his parentage, and precisely where and when he was born, are so far unknown. On his election to the Royal Academy in 1799 Tresham appears to have given his date of baptism as '21 February 1750 or 1751, in ...

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Walton, Henry (bap. 1746, d. 1813), painter and picture dealer, was baptized on 5 January 1746 at Dickleburgh, Norfolk. Walton was the second of three children of Samuel Walton (1710–1797), yeoman farmer, and his wife, Ann Newstead (1711–1797). His father was also a churchwarden and overseer of the poor. ...

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Wilson, Andrew (1780–1848), landscape painter and picture dealer, was born in Edinburgh, the son of Archibald Wilson and Elizabeth Shields. He trained as an artist in Edinburgh with Alexander Nasmyth and at the Trustees' Academy under the mastership of David Allan. At seventeen he went to ...