James Jefferys(1751-1784), History painter
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Artist of 1 portrait
James Jefferys began his career as an apprentice engraver before coming under the artistic influence of John Hamilton Mortimer. At the Royal Academy Schools he won a gold medal for history painting in 1774 and a scholarship allowing him to travel to Rome. In London again by 1781, he failed to fulfil his early promise and died young.
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