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Beale [née Cradock], Mary (bap. 1633, d. 1699), portrait painter, was born at Barrow rectory, Suffolk, and baptized on 26 March 1633, the elder of two children of the Revd John Cradock (c.1595–1652), the puritan rector of Barrow, and his wife, ...

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Biffin [Beffin; married name Wright], Sarah (1784–1850), miniature painter, was born on 25 October 1784 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset, and baptized there, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, on 31 October. She was the third of five children of Henry John Beffin (1747/8–1835)...

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Boxall, Sir William (1800–1879), portrait painter and museum director, was born on 29 June 1800 in or near Oxford, the son of Thomas Boxall, clerk to the collector of excise, and the brother of Anne (d. 1846), later wife of the Revd Charles Boxall Longland...

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Boyle [née Savile], Dorothy, countess of Burlington (1699–1758), portrait painter and caricaturist, was born in London on 13 September 1699 and baptized on 24 September at St James's, Piccadilly, the elder daughter of William Savile, second marquess of Halifax (1665–1700), and his second wife, ...

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Bradley, William (1801–1857), portrait painter, was born on 16 January 1801 in Manchester. Little is known of his family or parents, except that his father was remembered as an inventive and ingenious man; his death left Bradley an orphan by the age of three. ...

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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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Cooper, Samuel (1607/8–1672), miniature painter, was born probably in Blackfriars, London, the elder child of Richard Cooper (b. 1577) and Barbara Hoskins (b. c.1590), who were married on 1 September 1607 at the church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, near ...

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Cope, Sir Arthur Stockdale (1857–1940), art educator and portrait painter, was born at 19 Hyde Park Gate, South Kensington, London, on 2 November 1857, the third son of the successful genre artist Charles West Cope, famed for his historical frescoes in the House of Lords...

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Dobson, William (bap. 1611, d. 1646), portrait painter, was baptized at St Andrew's, Holborn, London, on 24 February 1611 (City of London Guildhall MS 6667/1). His father was also called William Dobson (d. 1626), and was probably the painter–stainer mentioned in the ...

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Engleheart, George (1750–1829), miniature painter, was born on 26 October 1750 at Kew, Surrey, the third surviving son of Francis Engelheart or Engleheart (1713/14–1773), a plaster modeller who had emigrated from Germany in his childhood, and his wife, Ann Dawney (bap. 1713, ...

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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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Flatman, Thomas (1635–1688), miniature painter and man of letters, is said to have been the son of a clerk in the court of chancery. According to his horoscope he was born on 21 February 1635 (Bodleian Quarterly Record, 8) in either ...

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Fuller, Isaac (1606/1620?–1672), portrait and history painter, is said to have been born in 1606 (Redgrave) but no evidence has emerged for this date and his apparent age in the self-portrait of 1670 (Bodleian Library, Oxford) suggests that a more plausible birth date may be about 1620. He was probably born in ...

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Gibson, Richard [called Dwarf Gibson] (1605/1615?–1690), miniature painter, is generally said, but on unstated original authority, to have been born in Cumberland. More recently it has been proposed that he may have been the Richard, son of John Gibson, 'picturemaker...

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Gilroy, John Thomas Young (1898–1985), graphic artist and portrait painter, was born on 20 May 1898 at 4 Crawhall Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son and the fourth of eight children of John William Gilroy, marine artist and technical draughtsman, and his wife, ...

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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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Hilliard, Nicholas (1547?–1619), miniature painter, was the eldest of the four sons and four daughters of Richard Hilliard (d. 1594), leading citizen and goldsmith of Exeter in Devon, and his wife, Laurence, daughter of Richard's former master, John Wall. Nicholas was probably born in 1547, the year of the death of ...

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Hoare, William (1707/8–1792), portrait painter, was born near Eye, Suffolk, the eldest of the three children of John Hoare, a prosperous farmer and land agent. The family soon moved to Berkshire and William was sent to school in Faringdon where he showed an early talent for drawing. His father was persuaded to send him to ...

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Howard, Hugh (1675–1738), portrait painter and art collector, was born on 7 February 1675 in Dublin, the eldest son of the six children of Ralph Howard (1638–1710), doctor and regius professor of physic at the University of Dublin, and his wife, Catherine Sotheby (...

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Hudson, Thomas (bap. 1701, d. 1779), portrait painter and art collector, was a native of Devon. He was probably the son of James Hudson (d. 1704) of Exeter, a victualler, and his wife, Anne, who was baptized George Hudson at the church of ...