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Bird, Edward (1772–1819), genre and history painter, was born in Cat Yard, Berry Street, Wolverhampton, on 12 April 1772 and baptized there the same day, one of the many children of a local carpenter (d. c.1810). After attending the free grammar school he was apprenticed at the age of thirteen as a japanning artist to the firm of ...

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Clay, Alfred Borron (1831–1868), historical genre painter, was born on 3 June 1831 at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, the second son of John Clay (1796–1858), chaplain of Preston gaol, and his wife, Henrietta Fielding (d. 1858). He was educated at the grammar school in ...

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Cross, John (1819–1861), historical genre painter, was born at Tiverton, Devon, on 29 May 1819, the son of John Cross and his wife, Elizabeth. His father, foreman in Heathcoat's lace manufactory, moved the family to France when he became superintendent of a branch manufactory at ...

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Kennedy, William Denholm (1813–1865), historical genre and landscape painter, was born at Dumfries on 16 June 1813; he received his early education at Edinburgh. At seventeen he moved to London where he entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1833. His lifelong friendship with the artist ...

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Henry Le Jeune (1819–1904) by Maull & Polyblank © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Le Jeune, Henry (1819–1904), history and genre painter, was born in London on 12 December 1819, the son of Anthony Le Jeune, a professional musician of Flemish origin. Le Jeune hailed from a musical family, his grandfather and brothers also being musicians. His sister developed an interest in photography, working in ...

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Penny, Edward (1714–1791), portrait, historical, and genre painter, was born at Knutsford, Cheshire, on 1 August 1714, and was baptized on 15 August, one of the twin elder sons of Robert Penny (1687–1738), surgeon, and Clare (1683–1760), daughter of William Trafford of Swythamley, Staffordshire...

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Poole, Paul Falconer (1807–1879), history and genre painter, fourth son of James Paul Poole, a Bristol coal merchant, was born at 43 College Street, Bristol, on 28 December 1807. He was baptized Paul Fawkner Poole at St Augustine's on 22 July 1810. An elder brother, ...

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Henrietta Mary Ada Ward (1832–1924) by John & Charles Watkins, c. 1857–76 © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer Prudence Cuming Associates Limited

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Ward, Henrietta Mary Ada (1832–1924), historical genre painter, was born on 1 June 1832 at 6 Newman Street, London, the only child of artists George Raphael Ward (1799–1878) [see under Ward, James] and his wife, Mary Webb, and granddaughter of the painter ...

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Sir David Wilkie (1785–1841) self-portrait, 1805–6 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Wilkie, Sir David (1785–1841), painter of genre, historical subjects, and portraits, was born on 18 November 1785 in the manse at Cults, in the parish of Pitlessie, Fife, where he was baptized on 4 December 1785, the third of the five children of the ...