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Thomas Kerrich

1748 - 1828

Kerrich had a distinguished career as an antiquarian, fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and librarian of the University of Cambridge. While travelling on the continent in the 1770s he was awarded a silver medal in Antwerp for a drawing, and it is as a draughtsman rather than as a painter that he is best known. He left 48 volumes of his sketches of ancient costumes to the British Museum. His book about the prints of the 16th-century artist Martin van Heemskerck was published in 1829.