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Sir Nathaniel Bacon
(b Redgrave, Suffolk, Aug. 1585; bur. Culford, Suffolk, 1 July 1627). The first English amateur painter of note, a high-born country gentleman, nephew of the Lord Chancellor Francis Bacon. Fewer than a dozen paintings by him are known; with the exception of a miniature landscape on copper in the manner of Bril, which has been claimed as the earliest British landscape (Ashmolean Mus., Oxford), they are either portraits (mainly of members of his family, including self-portraits) or kitchen still lifes (Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit, c.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)