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Jacques-Laurent Agasse (1767–1849) by Firmin Massot and Jacques-Laurent Agasse Museum Stiftung Oskar Reinhart; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Agasse, Jacques-Laurent (1767–1849), painter, was born on 24 March 1767 at Geneva, and baptized there at the Temple Neuf on 21 April, the son of Philippe Agasse (1739–1827), merchant, and his wife, Catherine Audeoud (1737–1818). His family were merchants of Huguenot origin who had been established in ...

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Beck, David Hendrikszoon (1621–1656), painter, was born in Delft, Holland, on 25 May 1621, the eldest son of the schoolmaster and occasional poet Hendrik Beck, who was born in Cologne before 1593 and died in Rotterdam in 1659, and Eva Aelbertsdochter Schoonharen, who died in ...

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Beranger, Gabriel (1729–1817), landscape draughtsman, was born at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, of an emigrant French Huguenot family. In 1750 he moved to Dublin to join some of his relatives who had settled there earlier; nothing is known of his training, but his name appeared as the artist on a drawing of ...

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Chéron, Louis (1660–1725), painter and illustrator, was born in Paris on 2 September 1660 into a notable French protestant family of artists, the son of Henri Chéron (d. 1677), a miniature painter and an engraver, and the younger brother of Elizabeth-Sophie Chéron (1648–1711)...

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Colonia, Adam Isaacszoon de (1634–1685), painter, was born in Rotterdam on 12 August 1634, the son of the painter Isaac Adamszoon de Colonia (1611–1663) and Machtelt Becx. De Colonia probably trained under his father, as well as his grandfather Adam Louiszoon de Colonia (1574–1651)...

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Courtauld family (per. 1708–1780), goldsmiths, came to prominence with Augustin Courtauld (1685–1751), the second son of Augustin Courtauld (1655–1706), a merchant from St Pierre in the Île d'Oléron near La Rochelle, and his first wife, Julia Giron (1661–1686), both Huguenots, who had four children. He was reputedly brought to ...

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Crespin, Paul Daniel (1693/4–1770), goldsmith, was born in London, the son of the Huguenot Daniel Crespin of St Giles-in-the-Fields, Westminster. In June 1713, at the late age of nineteen, Paul Crespin was apprenticed to Jean Pons, goldsmith. Between July 1720 and December 1721 he entered his first two marks at ...

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D'Agar, Charles (1669–1723), portrait painter, was probably born in Paris, the only surviving son of Jacques [Jacob] D'Agar (1642–1715), portrait painter, and his wife, Marie Picard, whom he had married c.1669. Jacques D'Agar had been born in Paris of unknown parents. He may have studied under ...

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Drapentier, Jan (fl. 1674–1713), engraver, was the son of D. Drapentier or Drappentier, a native of Dordrecht, Netherlands, who engraved some medals commemorative of the great events connected with the reign of William and Mary, and also a print with the arms of the governors of ...

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Sir Balthazar Gerbier (1592–16631667) by Paulus Pontius, 1634 (after Sir Anthony Van Dyck) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gerbier, Sir Balthazar (1592–1663/1667), art agent, miniature painter, and architect, was born on 23 February 1592 at Middelburg in the Netherlands, the son of Antonie Gerbier and Radigonde Blavet, who were Huguenot émigrés. Gerbier later styled himself Baron d'Ouvilly, or Doully. Little is known about his early upbringing or education, and ...