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Backhouse [née Holden], Margaret (bap. 1818, d. 1896), portrait and genre painter, one of several children of the Revd Henry Augustus Holden (1785–1870) and his wife, Mary Willetts (1790/91–1869), was born at Summer Hill, near Birmingham, and baptized on 28 September 1818 at ...

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Barker, Thomas Jones (1813–1882), war and portrait painter, was born on 19 April 1813 at Bath, Somerset, the eldest son and fifth child of Thomas Barker (1767–1847) of Bath, painter and lithographer, and his wife, Priscilla, née Jones. Educated at Heckingham College, he was taught to paint by his father. From 1834 he studied in ...

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Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872) self-portrait, 1817 © Copyright The British Museum

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Carpenter [née Geddes], Margaret Sarah (1793–1872), portrait and genre painter, was born on 1 February 1793 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was baptized at St Thomas's Church on 7 June 1793, the second of six children of Alexander Geddes (1763–1843), retired army officer, and his wife, ...

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Crawford, William (1822–1869), portrait and genre painter, was born at Ayr on 9 August 1822, the second son of Archibald Crawfurd or Crawford (1784–1843), poet and auctioneer, the author of such popular lyrics as 'Bonnie Mary Hay', and his wife, Catherine or Catharine Craig...

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Crowley, Nicholas Joseph (1819–1857), genre and portrait painter, was born on 6 December 1819 in Dublin, the son of Peter Crowley. He began his training at the art school of the Royal Dublin Society at the age of eight, and then moved to the ...

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Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes (1843–1927) self-portrait, 1911 © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer John Hammond

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Fildes, Sir (Samuel) Luke (1843–1927), illustrator and genre and portrait painter, was born on 18 October 1843 at 22 Standish Street, Liverpool, the fourth of the ten children of James Fildes (c.1813–1858) of Manchester, mariner and shipping agent, and his wife, ...

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Sir Francis Grant (1803–1878) self-portrait, c. 1845 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grant, Sir Francis (1803–1878), portrait and sporting painter, was born on 18 January 1803 in Edinburgh, the fourth of seven children of Francis Grant (d. 1819), laird of Kilgraston, Perthshire, a landowner with estates in Scotland and Jamaica, and his wife, Anne Oliphant...

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Martineau, Robert Braithwaite (1826–1869), genre and portrait painter, was born on 19 January 1826 in Guilford Street, London, the fifth son of eight children of Philip Martineau (1791–1860), solicitor and taxing master to the court of chancery, and his wife, Elizabeth Frances (...

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Osborn, Emily Mary (1828–1925), genre and portrait painter, was born in Kentish Town, London, and was baptized on 19 March 1828 at Old Church, St Pancras, the eldest of the nine children of the Revd Edward Osborn (c.1794–1859), clergyman, and his wife, ...

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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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Peters, (Matthew) William (1742–1814), portrait and genre painter and Church of England clergyman, was born at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. His father, Matthew Peters (b. 1711), was described on the 1778 engraving by Murphy after his son's portrait as 'Member of the ...

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Rippingille, Edward Villiers (c. 1790–1859), genre and portrait painter, is recorded in early dictionaries as having been born in 1798 the son of a farmer of King's Lynn in Norfolk. However, the poet John Clare, a close friend of Rippingille in the 1820s, recalled that in 1807 or 1808 he had seen a bookseller's window full of the artist's pictures in ...

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Rothwell, Richard (1800–1868), portrait and genre painter, was born on 20 November 1800 in Athlone, the eldest of the seven children of James Rothwell, and his wife, Elizabeth Holmes. He was trained at the Dublin Society's school (1814–20), where he eventually won a silver medal. His early success can be measured by the fact that he was made a member of the newly founded ...

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Rolinda Sharples (1793–1838) self-portrait, c. 1816 [Sharples family [left to right]: and Ellen Sharples (1769-1849)] City Art Gallery, Bristol / Bridgeman Art Library

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Sharples, Rolinda (1793–1838), portrait and genre painter, was born on 3 September 1793, probably in Bath, the second child and only daughter of James Sharples (1751/2–1811) and of his third wife, Ellen Sharples [née Wallace] (1769–1849). Both Rolinda's parents were professional artists, ...

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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 ...