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Ashington group (act. 1934–1983), originated in October 1934 when men, mainly coalminers, from Ashington, Northumberland, began classes in art appreciation. It was a course without precedent in a mining village 16 miles, and a world away, from the nearest art gallery. The class, organized by the ...

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Browne, Alexander (d. 1706), miniature painter and auctioneer, was also one of the first publishers of mezzotints. Of his parents and education nothing is known. In 1669 he wrote and published his Ars Pictoria, or, An Academy Treating of Drawing, Painting, Limning and Etching...

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Fella, Thomas (bap. 1556, d. 1639), draper and calligrapher, was born at Bramfield, 2 miles south of Halesworth, Suffolk, and baptized at St Andrew's Church, Bramfield, on 8 November 1556. He was the son, and one of the five surviving children, of Robert Fella (...

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Thomas Frye (1711/1212–1762) self-portrait, 1760 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frye, Thomas (1711/12–1762), portrait painter and porcelain manufacturer, was born in Edenderry, King's county, Ireland, the second of the five sons and two daughters of John Fry (1670–1752) and his wife, Anne Harrington. His grandfather was a dragoon officer who fought with William III...

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Greenwood, John (1727–1792), portrait painter and auctioneer, was born on 7 December 1727 in Boston, Massachusetts, and baptized on 10 December in the Old North Church, Boston, the son of Samuel Greenwood (1690–1742), a Harvard graduate (1709) and merchant, and his second wife, ...

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Kean, Michael (1761–1823), miniature painter and owner of the Derby porcelain factory, was born in Dublin, possibly on 16 October 1761. He entered the Dublin Society's drawing schools on 7 February 1771 and there studied ornament, landscape, and figure drawing. He was a pupil of ...

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Larcher, Dorothy Mary (1882–1952), flower painter, designer, and textile printer, was born on 28 September 1882 at 47 Shirlock Road, St Pancras, London, the daughter and (presumed) only child of William Gustavus Francis Larcher, schoolmaster, and his wife, Eliza Pearce, née Arkell. Active during the 1920s and 1930s, she produced with her partner, the designer and printer ...

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Morton, Alastair James Fagan (1910–1963), textile manufacturer and abstract painter, was born on 12 February 1910 at Home Acres, Brampton Road, Carlisle (now Cumbria College of Art and Design), the elder son and fifth of the six children of Sir James Morton (1867–1943)...

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Pritchett, Robert Taylor (1828–1907), gun maker and landscape painter, was born, probably in London, on 24 February 1828, the son of Richard Ellis Pritchett (c.1782–1866), and his wife, Ann Dumbleton. His father was head of the firm of Enfield gun makers, which supplied arms to the ...

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Stewart, James Hope (1789–1856), factor and natural history illustrator, was born at Hillside, Dryfesdale, Dumfriesshire, on 2 August 1789, the son of William Stewart of Hillhead (1743/4–1822) and Margaret Graham (c.1767/8–1853), daughter of George Graham of Shaw. About 1816 Stewart married ...

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Wondrausch (née Lambert), Mary Angela (1923–2016), potter, painter, and writer on food, was born on 17 December 1923 at 17 Cyril Mansions, Battersea, London, the second child of Harold Charles Lambert (1877–1937), aviation and motor engineer, and his wife, ...

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Mary Wondrausch (1923–2016), by Anne-Katrin Purkiss, 2013

Anne-Katrin Purkiss © National Portrait Gallery, London