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Gulston, Joseph (1744/5–1786), book and art collector and connoisseur, was the eldest son of Joseph Gulston (1693/4–1766), a successful loan contractor with mercantile interests in Lisbon, and his wife, Mericas Sylva (1714/15–1799), the daughter of a Portuguese merchant. His father became MP in turn for ...

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Hume, Sir Abraham, second baronet (1749–1838), collector of art and precious stones, was born at Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, on 20 February 1749, the son of Sir Abraham Hume, first baronet (d. 1772), and his wife, Hannah, sixth and youngest daughter of ...

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Robinson, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1702/3–1777), architect and collector, was probably born at Merton, Surrey, the eldest of seven sons of William Robinson (1675–1720) of Rokeby, Yorkshire, and his wife, Anne (c.1677–1730), daughter and heiress of Robert Walters of Cundall, Yorkshire...

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Storer, Anthony Morris (1746–1799), politician and collector, was born on 12 March 1746, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas S. Storer (1717–1793), West Indies planter, and Helen, daughter of Colonel James Guthrie. He was educated at Eton College (1754 to 1764), the ...

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Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868) by John Boaden, exh. RA 1828 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Townshend, Chauncy Hare (1798–1868), poet and collector, was born on 20 April 1798, the only son (he had a younger sister) of Henry Hare Townsend (1765?–1827) of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, and Walpole, Norfolk, and his wife, Charlotte Winter Lake (c.1770–1831), daughter of ...