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William Hamilton (1751-1801)

William Hamilton was born in London of Scottish parentage.

His father was an assistant of the architect Robert Adam who provided young Hamilton with assistance to travel to Italy where he studied under Antonio Zucchi.

After his return to England, he became a student at the Royal Academy in 1769 and soon distinguished himself as a portrait painter and artist of historical works.

He first exhibited at the Royal Acadmy in 1774 and was elected to full membership in 1789.

Hamilton painted a portrait of John Wesley in 1787.

Hamilton died of fever in London in December 1801.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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