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Abrahams, Ivor (1935–2015), painter, printmaker, and art teacher, was born on 10 January 1935 at 10 Swinley Road, Wigan, Lancashire, the only son and elder child of Hyman (Harry) Abrahams, ladies’ outfitter, and his wife, Rachel (née Kalisky, later Kay). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Adams, Clement (c. 1519–1587), schoolmaster and map engraver, was born at Buckington, Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton between 1530 and 1536, and subsequently at the King's Hall, Cambridge. From 17 August 1536 he was tutored in classics, mathematics, and geometry at Cambridge...

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Aglio, Augustine Maria [formerly Agostino Maria] (1777–1857), painter and lithographer, was born on 15 December 1777 in Cremona, Italy, one of several children of Gaetano Aglio, a notary, and Marianna Mondini. He moved with his family in 1787 to Milan, where he was educated at the ...

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Aikman, George (1830–1905), painter and engraver, was born in Warriston Close, off the High Street, Edinburgh, on 20 May 1830, the ninth child of George Aikman, engraver, and Alison Mackay (d. in or before 1859), his wife. His father had been an engraver for ...

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Timothy Clayton and Anita McConnell

Alken family (per. 1745–1894), engravers and painters, may have originated in Denmark, perhaps from the village of Alken in north Jutland. According to family tradition they moved to England to escape the political disturbances during the reign of King Christian VII. However, the first representative to reach ...

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E. T. Cook

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Allen, George (1832–1907), engraver and publisher, was born on 26 March 1832 at Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Allen (1799–1848), a publican, and his wife, Rebecca, née Wilson (bap. 1795, d. 1878). He was educated at a private grammar school in ...

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George Allen (1832–1907) by Fred Yates, 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen, James Baylis (1803–1876), engraver, was born in Birmingham on 18 April 1803, the son of Joseph Allen, a button manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth Bayless. As a boy, he followed his father's business but about 1818 he was articled to his elder brother ...

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Allen, James Charles (bap. 1790?, d. 1833), engraver, was the son of a Smithfield salesman and a native of London. Nothing else is known of his parentage or early life but he may perhaps be identified with James Charles, the son of William...

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(Alfred Charles) Stanley Anderson (1884–1966) self-portrait, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, (Alfred Charles) Stanley (1884–1966), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 11 May 1884 at 11 North Road, Bristol, the son of Alfred Ernest Anderson (1859–1939), of Heavitree, Devon, who started his own business as a skilled general and heraldic engraver, and his wife, ...

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Andrews, Henry Cranke (1758/9–1835), botanical artist and engraver, is an elusive figure; little is known of his family background or education, and he has been widely misnamed as Henry Charles Andrews. When he married, on 18 October 1801 at St Margaret’s, Westminster, Ann Kennedy...

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Angier [Angiers], Paul (1723–1757), engraver and printseller, was born on 27 November 1723 and baptized in Southwark, London, on 3 December, the son of William Angier (d. 1729), a draper of Cheapside, and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1739 he was apprenticed to the engraver and printseller ...

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Lady Mabel Marguerite Annesley (1881–1959) by Lafayette, 1898 [detail] V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Annesley, Lady Mabel Marguerite (1881–1959), wood-engraver and watercolour painter, was born on 25 February 1881, at Annesley Lodge, Regent's Park, London, the daughter of Hugh Annesley, fifth Earl Annesley (1831–1908), lieutenant-colonel in the Scots Fusilier Guards and landowner, and his wife, Mabel Wilhelmina Frances Markham, ...

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Archer, John Wykeham (1806–1864), printmaker and watercolour painter, was born on 2 August 1806 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of a 'respectable and prosperous tradesman of that town' (GM, 246). Little is known of his early life, but his obituary in the ...

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R. E. Graves

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Armstrong, Cosmo (1781–1836), engraver, was born in Birmingham. He was a pupil of the landscape engraver Thomas Milton (c.1745–1827), with whom he remained for five years. Armstrong specialized in historical and landscape engraving in the line manner, his first important work being a series of plates for ...