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William Austin (1721/17331733–1820) by James Godby, pubd 1809 (after Edmund Scott) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Austin, William (1721/1733–1820), drawing-master and engraver, was apprenticed to George Bickham junior in 1747. This suggests that he was born about 1733, although he was said to have died aged ninety-eight, and a man named Austin was listed as an eminent painter in 1748. In 1756 ...

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Green, Benjamin (bap. 1739, d. 1798), drawing master and engraver, was the ninth and youngest child of William Green (1696–1754) and his wife, Sarah (1696/7–1788); he was baptized at Halesowen parish church, Shropshire, on 5 April 1739. His career as an artist was probably founded on a family connection with ...

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See Green, Amos

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Phillips, Charles (fl. 1766–1783), engraver and drawing-master, is said to have been born in 1737, but his origins are unknown. He began to exhibit with the Free Society in 1766 and continued until 1783. In 1769 his address, as printed in their catalogue, was 'in ...

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Smith, Gabriel (1724–1783), printmaker and drawing master, was probably born in London, where he was apprenticed to and then employed by the engraver Gerard Scotin. On the latter's death, Smith advertised that he would continue the drawing school at his late master's lodgings, at the ...