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Portrait of James William Bellamy (1788-1874). Oil on copper, preserved under glass in its original carved and gilded wood frame. Bears on the back on a label the handwritten inscription in English: "... James Bellamy of Wisbeach... solicitor... m. the only daughter of Professor... of Cambridge". Period wear, but overall good condition. Sight: H.: 22 cm - W.: 16.5 cm. Frame: H.: 32.5 cm - W.: 24.5 cm. See page 14 and 36. Biography: James William Bellamy was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, where he obtained a BA in 1812 and an MA in 1815, was ordained deacon in 1813 and priest in 1814, and became rector of St Mary Abchurch from 1816 to 1822, before finishing his career as vicar of Sellindge, Kent, from 1822 until his death. During this period he was also principal of the Merchant Taylors' School from 1819 to 1845, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1834. On August 8, 1815, in London, he married Mary Cherry (1791-1871), daughter of Thomas Cherry, his predecessor as principal of the Merchant Taylors' School. They had 5 children, including Eleanor, grandmother of Violet Tylden.

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