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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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Chéron, Louis (1655–1725), painter and illustrator, was born in Paris on 2 September 1655 (Auguste, 379) 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 ...

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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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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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Gheeraerts, Marcus, the elder (b. c. 1520/21, d. in or after 1586), painter and etcher, was born in Bruges, Flanders, the son of Egbert Gheeraerts, painter, who joined the Guild of St Luke at Bruges in 1516, at which date he was apparently childless, and ...

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Johnson, Cornelius [Cornelius Jansen, Janssen, or Jonson van Ceulen] (bap. 1593, d. 1661), painter, was baptized in London on 14 October 1593 at the Dutch church, Austin Friars, the son of Johanna le Grand and Cornelius Johnson (d. in or before 1605)...

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Meulen, Steven van der (d. 1563/4), painter, was the son of Rinnold (or Rumold) van der Meulen. In 1543 he was a pupil of the Antwerp artist Willem van Cleve (fl. 1530–1564). In 1552 he registered with the Guild of St Luke...

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Müntz, Johann Heinrich [John Henry] (1727–1798), painter and architect, was born on 28 September 1727 in the town of Mulhouse, the second of three children of Martin Müntz, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Judith, née Dolfuss (Dollfus; 1697–1763). In 1748, while a captain of a Swiss regiment in the French army, ...

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Cornelius de Neve (b. before 1594, d. 1678) self-portrait Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Neve, Cornelius de [Cornelius Le Neve] (b. before 1594, d. 1678), portrait painter, is first recorded in a list of members of the Dutch church in London on 31 October 1594. He must still have been a child as he was living with his father, ...

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Rousseau, Jacques (1624/5?–1693), painter, was baptized in Paris on 4 June 1630, though Vertue gives his age at his death in 1693 as sixty-eight. He specialized in painting landscapes, architecture, and trompe-l'œil works. He was the pupil of the Dutch Italianate painter ...

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Russell [Roussel, Russel], Theodore (bap. 1614, d. 1689), portrait painter, was born in London and baptized at the Dutch church, Austin Friars, on 9 October 1614, the son of Nicasius Roussel (or Russell), a goldsmith and jeweller from Bruges, and his second wife, ...

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Tadema, Sir Lawrence Alma- (1836–1912), painter, was born Lorenz Alma Tadema on 8 January 1836 in the small village of Dronrijp, in Friesland, the sixth child of Pieter Jiltes Tadema (1797–1840) and Hinke Dirks Brouwer (c.1800–1863).

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Sir Lawrence Alma- Tadema (1836–1912) self-portrait, 1896 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy / Bridgeman Art Library

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Wissing, Willem [William] (1656–1687), portrait painter, is usually said to have been born in Amsterdam, probably because of the Latin inscription on his funeral monument at St Martin's, Stamford, Lincolnshire, which describes him as 'Ws Wissingus Amstelodamensis'. Buckeridge's transcription, however, alters this to '...