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A. F. Pollard

revised by Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Merritt, Henry (1822–1877), picture conservator and art critic, was born in Oxford on 8 June 1822, the son of Joseph Merritt, a tailor. The fifth of nine children, his early years were passed in considerable poverty. His mother encouraged his education at an infant school, and, from the age of eleven, at the ...