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  Sometime before 1720 Hogarth was apprenticed to Ellis Gamble, a silver-plate engraver in Cranbourne Alley.  In April of 1720 he set himself up as an engraver of designs on copper.  Though largely self-taught, he did receive some tuition at the school of Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734), the court painter best known for his large-scale Continue Reading


Brief Chronology of Lear’s Life Born Highgate, north London, 12 May 1812, the twentieth child of Jeremiah and Ann Lear.  Educated by two older sisters, Ann and Sarah. 1830:  working on illustrations of the psittacidae (parrots);  first published November. 1831/2:  collaboraton with Gould on The Birds of Europe 1835/6:  travels to Ireland, Lake District;  becomes Continue Reading

TIM BOBBIN – the “Lancashire Hogarth”

John Collier (pseudonym Tim Bobbin) was born at Urmston, near Manchester, in 1708, son of John and Mary Collier.  He was the third of nine children.  His father was a curate and schoolteacher, first in Eccles and later at Hollinfare in Warrington.   Such clerical posts were very poorly paid, and Collier junior’s  later attacks on Continue Reading


John Martin (1789-1854) was born at Haydon Bridge near Newcastle, and in 1803 at the age of 14 moved to that city to take up the post of apprentice to a coach-builder.  In 1804 he met Boniface Musso, an Italian master-painter, from whom he received some artistic instruction, and through whom he became acquainted with Continue Reading