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John Reeves (1774–1856) by George Chinnery, 1826–31 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Reeves, John (1774–1856), natural history collector and artist, was born on 1 May 1774, the youngest son of the Revd Jonathan Reeves of West Ham, Essex. Left an orphan at an early age, he was educated at Christ's Hospital and afterwards entered the counting house of a tea broker. He joined the ...

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William Swainson (1789–1855) by Edward Francis Finden, pubd 1840 (after Mosses) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Swainson, William (1789–1855), naturalist and artist, was born on 8 October 1789 at Newington Butts, London, the son of John Timothy Swainson (1757–1824), customs collector, and his second wife, Frances Stanway (1769–1792). His father was a keen amateur zoologist, well informed and assiduous in his collection of shells, insects, and fossils; he was also a founder member of the ...