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Anne Gilchrist

revised by Geoffrey Carnall

Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852), writer and miniature painter, was baptized on 1 January 1777 at Haceby, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the fifteen children of the Revd William Betham (1749–1839) and his wife, Mary, née Damant (1752/3–1839), the former wife of Whittocke Planque. In a letter (1840) to ...

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Bowyer, Robert (1758–1834), miniature painter and publisher, was born in Portsmouth, the son of Amos Bowyer, a shipwright, and his wife, Betty Ann. He was baptized there on 18 June 1758. He served first as a clerk to a merchant in Portsmouth and then in ...

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Thomas Flatman (1635–1688) attrib. Thomas Flatman (self-portrait), c. 1660 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Ronald Brooks Kitaj (1932–2007) self-portrait, 1993–4 © estate of R. B. Kitaj / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kitaj, Ronald Brooks [Ron] (1932–2007), painter and essayist, was born Ronald Brooks Benway on 29 October 1932, in Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Sigmund Benway and his wife, Jeanne, née Brooks (d. 1995), a steel mill worker and teacher. His father was born in ...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Megan A. Stephan

Wills, William Gorman (1828–1891), playwright and portrait painter, was born at Blackwell Lodge, Kilmurry, co. Kilkenny, on 28 January 1828, one of at least two sons of James Wills (1790–1868), poet, and his wife, Katherine (d. 1887), daughter of the Revd W. Gorman...