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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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Barker, Benjamin (1776–1838), landscape painter and drawing-master, was the son of Benjamin Barker (c.1720–1793), a former solicitor and minor artist, and his wife, Anne, and the younger brother of the painter Thomas Barker (1767–1847), known as Barker of Bath. In the late 1770s the family moved from ...

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Baynes, James (1766–1837), watercolour painter and drawing-master, was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, in April 1766. According to Samuel Redgrave, his education was paid for by a friend, but this assistance apparently ceased on his marriage. A pupil of George Romney, he entered the ...

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Callow, John (1822–1878), marine painter and drawing-master, was born on 19 July 1822 in St Pancras, London, son of Robert Callow (b. 1786), a London carpenter, and his wife, Elizabeth, both of whom died in 1848. His childhood ambition was to be a sailor but in 1835 his elder brother ...

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See Evans, William [known as William Evans of Eton]

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Fisk, William Henry (1827–1884), landscape and historical genre painter and drawing teacher, was the son of William Fisk (1796–1872), a painter of portraits and historical subjects, and his wife, Margaret Thomas; he was baptized on 23 June 1827 at St Mary's, Marylebone Road, Middlesex...

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See Gardnor, John

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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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Gresse, John Alexander (1741–1794), painter and drawing master, was born in London. His father, Peter Gaspard Gresse (d. 1771), was a native of Rolle, on the Lake of Geneva, Switzerland, and owned a small property close to Oxford Street, London, on which ...

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Harley, George (1791–1871), watercolour painter and drawing-master, worked in many parts of England. He exhibited two London scenes at the Royal Academy in 1817 and showed one painting at the Society of British Artists in 1865. He painted landscapes, and topographical and architectural subjects. He did some lithographs, ...

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William Leighton Leitch (1804–1883) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson © Scottish National Photography Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Leitch, William Leighton (1804–1883), landscape painter and drawing-master, was born in Glasgow on 2 November 1804, the son of Richard Leitch, who had been in the navy and army and retired in 1815, and Elisabeth Hardie. Educated in Glasgow, Leitch worked in a lawyer's office and a weaver's shop, and then as a house painter, but spent his evenings drawing with ...

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See Lens [Laus] family

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Moore, George Belton (1805–1875), landscape painter and drawing-master, a pupil of A. C. Pugin, exhibited pictures of foreign scenery at the Royal Academy, British Institution, and Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, from 1830 until his death. He was drawing-master at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich...

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See Nicholson, Francis

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See Parkes, David