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MALCOLM, James Peller, artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in August, 1767; died 5 April, 1815. His ancestor, James Peller, was an emigrant with Penn. He began painting and engraving in 1787, and afterward went to England, where he studied at the Royal academy three years, subsequently devoting himself to engraving. About 1792 he returned to Philadelphia for a short time, and did some work there, including an inside view of Christ church. He then returned to London, worked for the "Gentleman's Magazine," and drew and engraved plates for historical and antiquarian works He published "Londinium Redivivum, or an Ancient History and Modern Description of London " (4 vols., London, 1802-'5); "Excursion in the Counties of Kent, Gloucester, etc." (1802-'5) ; "Letters between the Reverend James Granger and Many Eminent Men"; "First Impressions, or Sketches from Art and Nature "; "Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London" (5 vols., 1808-'11) ; "Miscellaneous Anecdotes" (1811) ; and "An Historical Sketch of the Art of Caricaturing."
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