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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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Willett, Ralph (1719–1795), book collector and connoisseur, was born on 8 August 1719, probably on St Kitts in the West Indies, the elder child of Henry Willett (c.1680–1740), plantation owner on the island, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1691–1724), daughter of ...