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James Byres of Tonley (1734–1817) by John Bogle, pubd 1782 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Byres, James, of Tonley (1734–1817), antiquary and architect, was born on 7 May 1734 at Tonley, his family's estate in the parish of Tough, Aberdeenshire; he was the first of the seven children of Patrick Byres (b. 1713), laird of Tonley, and of his wife, ...

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Cox, John Charles (1843–1919), antiquary and ecclesiologist, was born on 29 March 1843 at Parwich, Derbyshire, the sixth of the seven children of Revd Edward Cox (1802–1869) and Anna Horsfall (1803/4–1888). He had two brothers and four sisters. In 1843 his father was vicar of ...

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Doyle, James William Edmund (1822–1892), illustrator and antiquary, was born in London on 22 October 1822, the eldest of the four sons of the caricaturist John Doyle (1797–1868), who used the pseudonym HB, and his wife, Marianna Conan (d. 1832). He was the brother of the artist and illustrator ...

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Norton, Christopher (1738?–1799), engraver, painter, and antiquary, may have been the son of John and Susanna Norton baptized on 26 March 1738 at St Anne's, Soho, Westminster. From about 1755 he was a pupil of Peter Charles Canot, and in the later 1750s did the preliminary etching on several of ...

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O'Neill, Henry (1798–1880), artist and antiquary, was born at Clonmel, co. Tipperary, the only child of Henry O'Neill and his wife, the daughter of Samuel Watson, a bookseller. After the early death of his parents, he was brought up by his paternal aunt ...

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Petrie, George (1790–1866), antiquary and painter, was born in Dublin on 1 January 1790, the only child of James Petrie, a portrait painter. His mother was a daughter of Sacheverel Simpson of Edinburgh. His paternal grandfather, also named James, had moved from Aberdeen...

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Talman, John (1677–1726), antiquary and art collector, was born in King Street, Westminster, in July 1677 and baptized in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on 19 July, the eldest son of the architect William Talman (bap. 1650, d. 1719) and his wife, Hannah. He was educated at ...

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George Vertue (1684–1756) by Jonathan Richardson the elder, 1733 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vertue, George (1684–1756), engraver and antiquary, was born in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 17 November 1684, the eldest child of Roman Catholic parents, James Vertue (d. 1711) and Mary Carter (c.1663–1743). His mother had been a servant in the household of the ...

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Willson, Edward James (1787–1854), antiquary and architect, was born at Lincoln on 21 June 1787, the eldest son of William Willson of Lincoln, a local builder and cabinet-maker, and his wife, Clarissa, daughter of William Tenney. Robert William Willson was his younger brother. He was brought up a Roman Catholic, and, after education at ...