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Bland, Horatio (1802?–1876), merchant and collector, was born in Newfoundland, probably in 1802, and baptized on 30 January 1804 at St Paul's Anglican Church, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, the third of the five sons of John Bland, magistrate from 1790 of Bonavista, Newfoundland...

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Cook, Sir Francis, first baronet (1817–1901), merchant and art collector, was born at Clapham, Surrey, on 3 January 1817, the second son of the seven children of William Cook (1784–1869) of Roydon Hall, Kent, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1862), the daughter of ...

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Morrison, James (1789–1857), merchant, politician, and art collector, was born at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, the second son of Joseph Morrison, innkeeper, and his wife, Sarah Barnard, of Shapwick in Somerset. One brother and two sisters reached maturity. Orphaned at the age of fourteen, he pursued an obscure career until his employment as shopman by ...