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Chatelain [Chatelaine], John-Baptist Claude (1710–1758), printmaker and topographical draughtsman, was probably born in London in 1710, the son of French Huguenot parents by the name of Phillippe—he is thought to have assumed the surname Chatelain later in life. Nothing is known of his parents, early life, or training, and uncertainties persist about the date and location of his birth. Early biographies suggest that he was born in ...

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Elliot, Robert James (1790–1849), naval officer and topographical draughtsman, was born on 12 May 1790 in Wheldrake, Yorkshire, and baptized there on 30 May, the son of the Revd Robert Elliot (a younger brother of the governor-general of Bengal, Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound, ...

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Slezer, John (d. 1717), army officer and topographical draughtsman, came from a German-speaking area of Europe, perhaps the upper Rhineland, but his parentage is unknown. In his early years he may have been attached in a military capacity to the house of Orange...

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Thoresby, Ralph (1658–1725), antiquary and topographer, was born on 16 August 1658 at Kirkgate, Leeds, the son of John Thoresby (1626–1679), a wool merchant of that city who had served in the parliamentarian army under Fairfax, and his wife, Ruth (d. 1669)...

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Ralph Thoresby (1658–1725) by George Vertue, 1712 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Weld, Isaac (1774–1856), topographical writer, born in Fleet Street, Dublin, on 15 March 1774, was the eldest son of Isaac Weld (d. 1824) and his first wife, Elizabeth Kerr, and the half-brother of Charles Richard Weld. His great-great-grandfather, the Revd Edmund Weld (...