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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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Christie, James (1730–1803), auctioneer, was born in Perth, Scotland. Little is known of his background, except that his mother was a MacDonald; his father, an Englishman of good family. He entered the navy, but resigned his commission as a midshipman about 1750 in order to marry....

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Christie, James (1773–1831), antiquary and auctioneer, eldest son of James Christie (1730–1803), was born in Pall Mall in 1773. He was educated at Eton College and was intended for the church, but joined the family firm and directed it after his father's death in 1803. In addition to an active life as an auctioneer, ...

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James Christie (1730–1803) by Thomas Gainsborough, exh. RA 1778 © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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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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Robins, George Henry (1777–1847), auctioneer, was born in London on 29 May 1777, the eldest of four surviving children of Henry Robins (1753–1821) of Oxenton, Gloucestershire, and Ann Marless (1746–1820). In 1790 his father and uncle, John Robins (1766–1821), set up as auctioneers in ...

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Sotheby family (per. 1778–1861), auctioneers and book collectors, came to prominence in the book trade in the mid-eighteenth century with John Sotheby (1740–1807). The Sothebys stemmed from Pocklington in Yorkshire, where a nineteenth-century wall plaque in the local church of All Saints...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Southgate, Henry (1818–1888), anthologist and auctioneer, was born in London, the son of James Webb Southgate, floor cloth manufacturer and auctioneer. Little is known of his early life or education, but on 4 June 1840 he married Elizabeth Lawson Robertson (b. 1819/20)...

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Wilson, Peter Cecil (1913–1984), fine art auctioneer, was born on 8 March 1913 in London, the third and youngest son (there were no daughters) of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Mathew Richard Henry (‘Scatters’) Wilson, fourth baronet (1875–1958), of Eshton Hall, Gargrave, Yorkshire, and his wife, the ...

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Peter Cecil Wilson (1913–1984) by Snowdon, 1963 Snowdon / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London