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Hamilton, Gavin (1723–1798), painter, archaeologist, and dealer, was born at Murdieston House in the parish of Bertram Shotts, Lanarkshire, second son of Alexander Hamilton (d. 1768) of Murdieston, laird of Inverdovat (now Tayfield), Fife, who had inherited Murdieston from his great-uncle Alexander Inglis...

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James, William (fl. 1760–1771), topographical painter and picture dealer, of whose parents nothing is known, practised in London, residing for some years in Maiden Lane, and later at the Golden Head in May's Buildings, St Martin's Lane. He exhibited with the Incorporated Society of Artists...

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Sowerby, James (1757–1822), natural history artist, publisher, and collector, was born on 21 March 1757, at 2 Bolt-in-Tun Passage, Fleet Street, London, the son of John Sowerby (1719–1766), a lapidary, and his wife, Arabella Goodreed (1725–1782). He was educated at a day school, where he often made models during his lessons that he could sell. When he was fourteen friends provided ...

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James Sowerby (1757–1822) by J. C. Edwards (after Thomas Heaphy, 1816) © National Portrait Gallery, London