Henry Bickersteth, Baron Langdale (1783-1851) judge; Master of the Rolls
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John Henry Robinson was born in Bolton, Lancashire. From 18 he was apprenticed to engraver James Heath, before working as a book illustrator. A commission from the Artists’ Benevolent Fund helped establish his career and in 1824 he exhibited six works at the Society of British Artists. Robinson illustrated Horace Walpole’s ‘Anecdotes of Painting’, Samuel Roger’s ‘Italy’ and engraved the vignette of ‘Britannia’ used on Bank of England notes for c.100 years. He was one of many artists who petitioned the King in 1837 for engravers to become members of the Royal Academy. At 55, he married Edith Blann, a widow, and rented New Grove, in Petworth, Sussex. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1867 and also became a justice of the peace for Sussex.
George Richmond was born in London and received his first training in art from his father, Thomas Richmond, a miniature portrait painter. From 1824 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools, where he was taught briefly by Henry Fuseli. He was particularly influenced by the visionary art of William Blake, joining the close circle of Blake’s followers known as ‘The Ancients’. Richmond later established a reputation as a leading portraitist and painted several notable figures, including William Wilberforce (1832) and John Ruskin (1842). In 1867, he was elected a Royal Academician. He died in London, just before turning 87.