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Cheney, Edward (1803–1884), art collector and watercolour painter, was born at Badger Hall, Shropshire, the second son in a family of three sons and two daughters of General Robert Cheney (d. 1820) and his wife, Harriet, daughter of the merchant and banker ...

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Crone, Robert (c. 1718–1779), landscape painter and collector, was born in Dublin; he is of unknown parentage. He was educated at the Dublin Society Schools under Robert Hunter, Robert West, and Philip Hussey and won prizes in 1748 and 1750. Hussey, a relative, sent him to ...

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Gilbert, John Graham (1794–1866), painter and art collector, was born John Graham in Glasgow on 26 March 1794, the son of David Graham (1761/2–1827), a West India merchant, and Agnes McAslan (b. 1767). He attended the grammar school in Glasgow and worked with his father for a short period before moving to ...

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Hugh Howard (1675–1738) by John Faber junior, 1737 (after Michael Dahl, 1723) © Copyright The British Museum

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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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Thomas Hudson (bap. 1701, d. 1779) by Joseph Wright of Derby, c. 1751 Derby Museum and Art Gallery

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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 ...

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Hugford, Ignazio Enrico (1702/3–1778), painter and picture collector and dealer, was born in Pisa, the son of Ignazio Hugford (b. c.1675), an English Catholic clockmaker who had emigrated to Tuscany, and his wife, Bridget Radcliffe. He studied painting with Antonio Domenico Gabbiani...

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Lankrink, Prosper Henricus (1628–1692), painter and collector, was born in Germany, the only son of an army officer who had moved to Antwerp to take up a commission in the Flemish army. After his father's death, his mother ensured Lankrink was well educated (...

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Le Bas, Edward (1904–1966), painter and collector, was born on 27 October 1904 in Hampstead, London, the youngest of the three children and only son of Edward Le Bas and his wife, Anna Le Grand. The Le Bas family was of Anglo-French descent, originally from ...

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Leemput, Remigius [Remy] van (1607–1675), painter and art collector, was of Flemish or possibly French origin and was baptized at Antwerp in December 1607. He was received into the guild of St Luke in Antwerp in 1628–9. By October 1635 he had settled in ...

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Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680) self-portrait, c. 1660 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lely, Sir Peter (1618–1680), portrait painter and art collector, was born on 14 September 1618 in Soest, Westphalia. His father, Johan van der Faes, an infantry captain of a Dutch regiment serving the elector of Brandenburg, was originally from The Hague, where the ...

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Orrock, James (1829–1913), painter and art collector, was born in Edinburgh, the elder son of the four children of James Orrock, a successful chemist and surgeon-dentist, and his first wife. His mother encouraged his lifelong passion for music and painting; as a boy he collected prints and drawings and his portfolio became his most cherished toy. At the age of eight he went as a boarder to the ...

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Charles Paget Wade (1883–1956) by W. J. Bassett-Lowke, c. 1940 © National Trust / Snowshill Manor archive

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Wade, Charles Paget (1883–1956), collector and illustrator, was born at 9 Scotts Lane, Shortlands, near Bromley, Kent, on 13 February 1883, the son of Paget Augustus Wade (1849–1911), a part-owner of sugar plantations, and his wife, Amy Blanche (1858–1943), daughter of Charles Spencer...