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Merritt, Anna Massey Lea (1844–1930), figure painter and etcher, was born on 13 September 1844 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph Lea jun., a textile manufacturer, and Susanna Massey. They were a prominent and affluent Quaker family, and Anna was the eldest of six sisters. She was educated at the progressive ...

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Parkinson, Sydney (d. 1771), natural history artist, was born in Edinburgh, one of three children and the younger son of Joel Parkinson, a brewer and leading Quaker of that city, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1700–1771). His birth year is uncertain: 1745, the traditional estimate, is twelve years after his brother's and by then his mother was in her mid-forties, so it appears suspect....