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Bogdani, Jacob (1658–1724), still-life and bird painter, was born on 6 May 1658 in Eperjes, upper Hungary, the son of Lucas Bogdani (fl. 1656–1684), painter, and his wife, Susanna. He was educated at the Felsőmagyarországi Evangélikusok Kollégiuma, Eperjes, and probably became his father's pupil. By 1684 he was in ...

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Collins, Charles (c. 1680–1744), bird and mammal painter, of whose parents nothing is known, lived and worked in London. George Vertue noted that he 'painted all sorts of fowl and game. He drew a piece with a hare and birds and his own portrait in a hat' (...

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Edwards, George (1694–1773), ornithologist and artist, was born on 3 April 1694 at Stratford, West Ham, Essex, to a family of Welsh descent. He was educated at a boarding-school in Leytonstone and at Brentwood grammar school. He was then apprenticed to John Dod...

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George Edwards (1694–1773) by Johann Sebastian Müller, 1754 (after Bartholomew Dandridge) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harrisson, Tom Harnett (1911–1976), ornithologist, museum curator, and co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 September 1911, the elder of the two children of Brigadier-General Geoffry Harnett Harrisson (1881–1939) and his wife, Marie Ellen (Doll; 1886–1961)...

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Hayes, William (1729–1799), bird illustrator, is thought to have lived most of his life in Southall, Middlesex. Nothing is known of his parentage and little is known of his life. He married, and fathered twenty-one children, ten of whom survived him, although only the eldest daughter was able to support herself; his eldest son was disabled from infancy....

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Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909–1989) by Howard Coster, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Sir Peter Markham (1909–1989), painter, ornithologist, and broadcaster, was born at 174 Buckingham Palace Road, London, on 14 September 1909, the only child of Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912), Antarctic explorer, and his wife, (Edith Agnes) Kathleen Scott (1878–1947), sculptor, daughter of ...

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Sharpe, Richard Bowdler (1847–1909), ornithologist and museum curator, was born on 22 November 1847 at 1 Skinner Street, Snow Hill, London, the son of Thomas Bowdler Sharpe who edited and published Sharpe's London Magazine, and his wife, Elizabeth. He began his education under an aunt who ran a preparatory school in ...

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Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847–1909) by Maull & Fox by permission of the Linnean Society of London