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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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Hall, Chambers (1786–1855), collector of antiquities and works of art, was the son of Captain and Mrs Hall whose portraits by Johan Zoffany are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. His father probably served in the East India marine service. He had two brothers and a sister. Unfortunately little is known of his life. He lived with his brother ...

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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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Lloyd, Robert Wylie (1868–1958), collector and mountaineer, was born at Grove House, Oswaldtwistle, Blackburn, Lancashire, the only son of John Lloyd, a calico printer, and his wife, Rachel Wylie (1844–1890). His grandfather was Nathaniel Lloyd, a successful calico printer at Church, Accrington. His father and mother separated, and he was brought up by his mother in reduced circumstances at ...

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Joseph Mayer (1803–1886) by William Daniels, 1843 Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)

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Mayer, Joseph (1803–1886), collector of antiquities and works of art, was born on 23 February 1803 at Thistlebury House, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, fourth son and the sixth of eleven children of Samuel Mayer (1767–1838), tanner, currier, and mayor of Newcastle under Lyme...

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Morrison, Alfred (1821–1897), autograph and art collector, was born on 28 April 1821, the second son in the family of seven sons and four daughters of James Morrison (1789–1857) and his wife, Mary Anne (d. 1887), daughter of Joseph Todd. Their father's lucrative ...

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Oldham, Nathaniel (fl. 1728–c. 1747), virtuoso, was the son of a dissenting minister. Early in life he went to India, where he served in the army. He returned to England on inheriting a fortune estimated at £100,000 from a near relation. From 1728 to 1735 he lived at ...

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Perrins, (Charles William) Dyson (1864–1958), book and porcelain collector and benefactor, was born in the parish of Claines, near Worcester, on 25 May 1864, the only son of James Dyson Perrins (1823–1887) and his wife and cousin, Frances Sarah (d. 1918), daughter of ...

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(Charles William) Dyson Perrins (1864–1958) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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

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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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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 ...

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