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Abbott, Lemuel Francis [Samuel] (1760/61–1802), portrait painter, was the elder son of a clergyman in Leicestershire—probably the Revd Lemuel Abbott (d. 1776), curate of Anstey, later vicar of Thornton, and his wife, Mary. In 1775, at the age of fourteen, he was apprenticed to ...

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Backhouse [née Holden], Margaret (bap. 1818, d. 1896), portrait and genre painter, one of several children of the Revd Henry Augustus Holden (1785–1870) and his wife, Mary Willetts (1790/91–1869), was born at Summer Hill, near Birmingham, and baptized on 28 September 1818 at ...

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C. E. Dawkins

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Barber, Christopher (1735/6–1810), portrait painter, of whose parents nothing is known, painted portraits in oil, watercolour, and crayon, and miniatures in watercolour on ivory. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1770 and 1808, at the Society of Artists (of which he was a member before being forced to resign in 1765) from 1763 to 1765, and at the ...

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R. E. Graves

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Beach, Thomas (bap. 1737, d. 1806), portrait painter, was baptized at Abbey Milton, Dorset, on 4 April 1737, the second son of Thomas Beach and his wife, Ursula, née Bryer. He was educated at the grammar school in Abbey Milton, where he had shown such distinct artistic promise that ...

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See Beale [née Cradock], Mary

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Mary Beale (bap. 1633, d. 1699) self-portrait, c. 1665 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beale [née Cradock], Mary (bap. 1633, d. 1699), portrait painter, was born at Barrow rectory, Suffolk, and baptized on 26 March 1633, the elder of two children of the Revd John Cradock (c.1595–1652), the puritan rector of Barrow, and his wife, ...

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Beechey, George Duncan (1797–1852), portrait painter, son of Sir William Beechey (1753–1839), portrait painter to Queen Charlotte, and his second wife, Anne Phyllis Beechey, née Jessop (1764–1833) [see under Beechey, Sir William], miniature painter, was born at Great George Street, Hanover Square, London...

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Anne Gilchrist

revised by Geoffrey Carnall

Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852), writer and miniature painter, was born at Stradbroke, Suffolk, the eldest of the fifteen children of the Revd William Betham (1749–1839) of Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, and rector of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, and his wife, Mary, née Damant (1752/3–1839), the former wife of ...

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Biffin [Beffin; married name Wright], Sarah (1784–1850), miniature painter, was born on 25 October 1784 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset, and baptized there, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, on 31 October. She was the third of five children of Henry John Beffin (1747/8–1835)...

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Sarah Biffin (1784–1850) by Henri Grevedon, 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. T. Gilbert

revised by Paul Caffrey

Bindon, Francis (c. 1690–1765), portrait painter and architect, was the fourth son of David Bindon (d. 1733) of Cloony, co. Clare, and his wife, Dorothy Burton, the daughter of Samuel Burton of Buncraggy, co. Clare, Ireland. Bindon's father had been member of the Irish ...

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Bingham [née Smith], Margaret, countess of Lucan (c. 1740–1814), miniature painter, was the daughter of James Smith MP, of Canons-Leigh, Devon, and St Audries, Somerset, and his wife, Grace. She married, on 25 August 1760, Sir Charles Bingham (1735–1799), later Baron Lucan...

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Sir William Boxall (1800–1879) by Michel Angelo Pittatore, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boxall, Sir William (1800–1879), portrait painter and museum director, was born on 29 June 1800 in or near Oxford, the son of Thomas Boxall, clerk to the collector of excise, and the brother of Anne (d. 1846), later wife of the Revd Charles Boxall Longland...

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Dorothy Boyle, countess of Burlington (1699–1758) by William Kent, c. 1735 [painting in the garden room at Chiswick House] Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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Boyle [née Savile], Dorothy, countess of Burlington (1699–1758), portrait painter and caricaturist, was born in London on 13 September 1699 and baptized on 24 September at St James's, Piccadilly, the elder daughter of William Savile, second marquess of Halifax (1665–1700), and his second wife, ...

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Bradley, William (1801–1857), portrait painter, was born on 16 January 1801 in Manchester. Little is known of his family or parents, except that his father was remembered as an inventive and ingenious man; his death left Bradley an orphan by the age of three. ...

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William Bradley (1801–1857) self-portrait © Manchester City Art Galleries

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Brompton, Richard (c. 1734/5–1783), portrait painter, was of unknown origins but he evidently possessed sufficient means to study under Benjamin Wilson and in 1757 to travel to Rome, where he studied under Anton Raphael Mengs during the years 1758 and 1759. He remained in ...