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Antiquaries and antiquarians


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John Ward

John Ward

1679?-1758
Biographer and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir James Ware

Sir James Ware

1594-1666
Antiquary and historian
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Warren

William Warren

1682-1745
President of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, vicar of Ashford and antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Waterhouse

Edward Waterhouse

1619-1670
Antiquary and author
Sitter in 4 portraits
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Edmund Waterton

1830-1887
Antiquary and Privy Chamberlain to Pope Pius IX
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Watson

John Watson

1725-1783
Rector of Stockport; antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Weever

John Weever

1576-1632
Poet and antiquary
Sitter in 5 portraits
David Wells

David Wells

1733-1790
Antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
James West

James West

1704?-1772
Politician and antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Richard White

Richard White

1539-1611
Antiquary and jurist
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Bingham Wilson

Bingham Wilson

died 2000
Antique furniture dealer and restorer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anthony Wood

Anthony Wood

1632-1695
Antiquary and historian
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ole Worm (Olaus Wormius)

Ole Worm (Olaus Wormius)

1588-1655
Physician and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Richard Worsley, 7th Bt

Sir Richard Worsley, 7th Bt

1751-1805
Antiquary, traveller and politician; MP for Newport and Newtown
Sitter in 3 portraits
Daniel Wray

Daniel Wray

1701-1783
Antiquary
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright

1810-1877
Antiquary
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, 1st Bt

1553-1626
Antiquary
Sitter in 8 portraits

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