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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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Nodder, Frederick Polydore (fl. 1773–1800), botanical artist and publisher, is said to have been of German extraction, but nothing certain is known of his birth or early life. He is first recorded, together with his wife, Elizabeth, on 5 September 1773, when his son ...

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James Sowerby (1757–1822) by J. C. Edwards (after Thomas Heaphy, 1816) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sowerby, James (1757–1822), natural history artist, publisher, and collector, was born on 21 March 1757, at 2 Bolt-in-Tun Passage, Fleet Street, London, the son of John Sowerby (1719–1766), a lapidary, and his wife, Arabella Goodreed (1725–1782). He was educated at a day school, where he often made models during his lessons that he could sell. When he was fourteen friends provided ...