A masterly translator of Virgil, John Dryden was also a brilliant versifier, a discerning critic and a savage satirist. He has been called 'the literary dictator of his age' and the first master of modern English prose.
John Jacob Holtzapffel was the most famous producer and seller of luxury ornamental turning lathes. Priced at many times the annual wage of an ordinary worker, they were much sought after by wealthy amateurs: clergy, aristocrats and heads of state.
Born in the Black Horse Inn on Long Acre, Thomas Stothard RA was one of the foremost history painters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is also remembered as the most prolific book illustrator of the time.