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Antiquaries and antiquarians


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Joseph Ritson

Joseph Ritson

1752-1803
Antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Thomas Robinson (of Avebury)

Thomas Robinson (of Avebury)

active early 18th century
Antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir (John Fairlie) Tobias Rodgers

Sir (John Fairlie) Tobias Rodgers

1940-1997
Antiquarian bookseller, publisher and journalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Gage Rokewode

John Gage Rokewode

1786-1842
Antiquary
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Henry Rosser

William Henry Rosser

1792?-1848
Solicitor and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Rous

John Rous

circa 1420-1492
Antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Rudge

Edward Rudge

1763-1846
Botanist and antiquary
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Thomas Rymer

Thomas Rymer

1641-1713
Author and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Scott

William Scott

1739-1816
Plumber and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe

Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe

1781-1851
Antiquary and collector
Sitter in 2 portraits
Abigail Sherard (née Cave), Baroness Sherard

Abigail Sherard (née Cave), Baroness Sherard

died 1659
Antiquary and philanthropist; wife of 1st Baron Sherard; daughter of Cecil Cave
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Smellie

William Smellie

1740-1795
Printer, editor and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Stafford Smith

John Stafford Smith

1750-1836
Composer and musical antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Thomas Smith

John Thomas Smith

1766-1833
Draughtsman and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 37 portraits
William Smith

William Smith

1808-1876
Printseller and antiquary; Founding member and deputy chairman of the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 5 portraits
William Somner

William Somner

1598-1669
Antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Owen Stanley

William Owen Stanley

1802-1884
Politician and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Mary Staveley (née Onebye)

Mary Staveley (née Onebye)

1635?-1669
Wife of antiquarian Thomas Staveley of Leicester
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Staveley

Thomas Staveley

1626-1684
Antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Stevenson

William Stevenson

circa 1750-1821
Publisher and writer
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 2 portraits
John Stow

John Stow

1525?-1605
Chronicler and antiquary
Sitter in 9 portraits
Joseph Strutt

Joseph Strutt

1749-1802
Engraver and antiquary
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits
William Stukeley

William Stukeley

1687-1765
Antiquary and physician
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 2 portraits
John Talman

John Talman

1677-1726
Amateur artist, draughtsman and antiquary; son of William Talman
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Tanner

Thomas Tanner

1674-1735
Bishop of St Asaph and antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Arnold Joseph Taylor

Arnold Joseph Taylor

1911-2002
Antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Henry Thatcher

Henry Thatcher

1777-1846
Antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Thomas

William Thomas

1670-1738
Antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Thomas

William Thomas

circa 1677-1764
Antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
William John Thoms

William John Thoms

1803-1885
Antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ralph Thoresby

Ralph Thoresby

1658-1725
Antiquary and topographer
Sitter in 3 portraits
John Thorpe

John Thorpe

1682-1750
Antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Charles Townley

Charles Townley

1737-1805
Collector of ancient marbles
Sitter in 3 portraits
George Townshend, 2nd Marquess Townshend

George Townshend, 2nd Marquess Townshend

1755-1811
Archaeologist and antiquary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Edmund Turnor

Sir Edmund Turnor

1619-1707
Antiquary
Sitter in 3 portraits
Frederick Henry Turnor-Barnwell

Frederick Henry Turnor-Barnwell

died 1843
Clergyman and antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Vertue

George Vertue

1683-1756
Engraver and antiquary
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 864 portraits
Jean Frédéric Maximilien de Waldeck

Jean Frédéric Maximilien de Waldeck

1766-1875
Antiquarian, cartographer, artist and explorer
Sitter in 1 portrait
George Wallis

George Wallis

1731-1803
Gunsmith and antiquary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Humphrey Wanley

Humphrey Wanley

1672-1726
Librarian and antiquary
Sitter in 8 portraits
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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