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 Benjamin Wilson

Benjamin Wilson

Birth
Death 6 Jun 1788 (aged 66)
Burial St Pancras, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 111811101 · View Source
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He was an English painter, printmaker and scientist, natural philosopher. He was the 14th child of Major Wilson, a wealthy York clothier whose house was decorated by the French history painter, Jacques Parmentier (d 1730). His father's business failed and Wilson moved to London, where he became a legal clerk and began to study painting, with the encouragement of William Hogarth, taking life-drawing classes at St. Martin's Lane Academy. For two weeks in 1746 and again from 1748 to 1750 he was in Dublin, where he practised successfully as a portrait painter and electrical scientist. On his return to London he settled into Godfrey Kneller's old house in Great Queen Street and built up a lucrative portrait practice, competing with the young Joshua Reynolds. One of Wilson's sitters, Sir John Savile, later Earl of Mexborough, may have introduced him to Edward Augustus, Duke of York (1739–67), who favored him in numerous ways. The Duke hired Wilson to manage his small private theater in London, and in 1773 was instrumental in having Wilson appointed as Painter to the Board of Ordnance, though he seems to have painted little after 1777.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111811101
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Wilson (21 Jun 1721–6 Jun 1788), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111811101, citing St George's Gardens, St Pancras, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .