Payne Knight, Richard
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British dilettante and politician. Born 11. 2. 1751 at Wormesley Grange (Herefordshire), died London 23. 4. 1824. 1772–1778 (?) tours of Europe; 1780–1806 Member of Parliament; from 1781 member of the Society of Dilettanti, 1805 co-founder of British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts, from 1814 Trustee of the British Museum in London.

Work and influence

P. K. led a financially independent life as a member of the landed gentry. Although he had only had a tutor for a few years and had never been t…

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Berns, Christof, “Payne Knight, Richard”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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