George Jamesone, a Scottish painter, born in Aberdeen in 1586, died in Edinburgh in 1644. He was a fellow pupil with Vandyke in the studio of Rubens, and is called by Walpole " the Vandyke of Scotland." Little is known of his career, save that it was prosperous. His pictures are found in many old family mansions in Scotland, and among his sitters was Charles I. on the occasion of his visit to Edinburgh in 1633. He occasionally painted history and landscape, and is said to have illuminated a manuscript on the life of Christ.
George Joseph Bell, a Scottish lawyer, born at Fountainbridge, near Edinburgh, March 26, 1770, died in Edinburgh, Sept. 23, 1843. His first legal publication was a treatise on the laws of bankruptcy, which in 1810 was enlarged and published under the title of " Commentaries on the Laws of Scotland." His subsequent works on the law of Scotland are standard text books in the courts of that country. He was at the head of two commissions for improving the administration of civil justice in Scotland, and from the year 1821 was professor in the university of Edinburgh.
George Lance, an English painter, born at Little Easton, near Colchester, March 24,1802, died June 18, 1864. He studied with Haydon, and first exhibited at the academy in 1828. His favorite subjects were fruit, flowers, game, etc, arranged in picturesque and effective confusion, and executed with an elaborateness and a richness of color almost equalling the efforts of the old Dutch masters of still life. Sometimes figures are introduced, as in his "Bed Cap," in which a monkey is represented presiding over a table covered with fruits and festal appointments. He also painted historical and imaginative pieces. He restored a large portion of the celebrated "Boar Hunt" of Velasquez in the British national gallery.
George Lillo, an English dramatist, born in London in 1693, died there in 1739. He had been brought up a jeweller, and even after attaining literary celebrity still pursued his business. His first play, " Silvia," appeared in 1731, and met with little success; but his tragedy of "George Barnwell," produced in the same year, was acted at Drury Lane for 20 consecutive nights, and so fascinated Queen Caroline that she requested to be permitted to peruse the manuscript of it. In 1737 "Fatal Curiosity," generally considered his best tragedy, was introduced at the Haymarket theatre, and was at first coldly received; but owing to the exertions of Henry Fielding it subsequently became more popular. The dramatic works of Lillo, with a memoir of his life, were published in London in 1755, in 2 vols. 8vo.
George Mcintosh Troup, an American statesman, born on the Tombigbee river, Sept. 8, 1780, died in Laurens co., Ga., May 3, 1856. He graduated at Princeton college in 1797, was admitted to the bar, and at the age of 21 was elected to the state legislature. Between 1807 and 1815 he was a representative in congress from Georgia, and in 1816 was elected a United States senator. From 1823 to 1827 he was governor of the state, and in 1829 was a second time elected to the United States senate, from which he retired before the expiration of his term, on account of ill health. He was one of the most earnest and able of the advocates of state sovereignty. His life was written by E. J. Harden (Savannah, 1859).