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Benjamin Wilson

(1721—1788) portrait painter and scientist


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Benjamin Wilson was born in Leeds and died at Bloomsbury, London on 6 June 1788. He was the son of a prosperous merchant and major. As a young man, he developed a great enthusiasm for art, and even went to France for a year to study painting. Unfortunately for young Ben, however, his father's fortune was lost in a business failure, and he was obliged to set out on foot to London in search of employment. He worked there for some years as a clerk, but maintained his love of art, and developed a new interest in natural philosophy, making friends with the electrician William Watson and the then President of the Royal Society, Martin Folkes.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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