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Abraham Hill

Abraham Hill FRS was a British merchant. Hill was baptised on 16 June 1635 at London, his father, Richard Hill, a merchant and Alderman of London, was appointed by the Long parliament treasurer of sequestrations in the summer of 1642, acted in that capacity until 1649. His mother, Agnes Trewolla, was the daughter of Thomas Trewolla of Mevagissey who hailed from the line from John Trewolla, builder of the quay in Mevagissey, Letitia Rashleigh Trewolla, both of Treleavan who herself was grandchild of the progenitor of the Rashleighs of Fowey. Hill entered his father's business, in which he was successful, but studied languages and philosophy, he was a book and coin collector. On his father's death in January 1660 he inherited a fortune, hired chambers in Gresham College, he was one of the Council of the Royal Society named in the king's charter, dated 22 April 1663. On 30 November of that year he was elected treasurer of the society, an office which he held until 30 November 1665. Re-elected on 1 December 1679, he discharged the duties again until 30 November 1700.

On the accession of William III and Mary II, Hill became a commissioner of trade, when John Tillotson became archbishop of Canterbury in 1691 he appointed Hill his comptroller. In the next reign Hill resigned his seat at the board of trade, retired to his estate of St. John's in Sutton-at-Hone, which he had purchased in 1665, he died on 5 February 1721, was buried in the chancel of Sutton Church. Hill was a friend and correspondent of John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys, a kinsman of Abigail Hill, who became Lady Masham. Hill wrote a life of Isaac Barrow for the first volume of his Works, published in 1683, reissued in subsequent editions. A selection from Hill's correspondence was edited by Thomas Astle as Familiar Letters which passed between A. Hill and several eminent and ingenious persons of the last century, London, 1767; the manuscript of this correspondence, together with other papers of Hill and his father, is preserved among the Additional Manuscripts in the British Museum, where are ten volumes of Hill's commonplace books, his official memoranda as commissioner of trade, his letters to Sir Hans Sloane, 1697–1720.

He married first, daughter of Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke, by whom he had a son, a daughter, who did not marry. His second wife, daughter of Michael Pratt of Bromley-by-Bow, brought him no issue. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Goodwin, Gordon. "Hill, Abraham". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 26. London: Smith, Elder & Co

Gayane Khachaturian

Gayane Khachaturian was a Georgian-Armenian painter and graphic artist. Gayane Khachaturian was born into an Armenian family in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, studied art at the Nikoladze Art School, she became involved in the art scene after graduating from the Secondary School of Working Youth in 1960. She met Sergei Parajanov in 1967 at Elene Akhvlediani's house and they maintained a close friendship which lasted until his death; some of Khachaturian’s works are permanently exhibited at the Yerevan Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Armenia, Sergei Parajanov Museum in Yerevan as well as are in a number of private collections, including those owned by Valerie Khanukaev, Bagrat Nikogosyan, Artashes Aleksanyan. When she was alive, her tiny studio on Bakinskaya Street had become a tourist attraction. According to Russian art critic Vitaly Patsyukov, "Khachaturian is among those pioneers of new artistic consciousness who draw into their focus all phenomenal aspects of European'actual view' and the radical sensuousness and natural freedom of plastic gesture."

Khachaturian is buried in the Armenian Pantheon of Tbilisi. Gayane Khachaturian's first informal solo exhibition was at the Skvoznyachok Café in Yerevan in 1967 by the invitation of Sergei Parajanov. Since her work began to appear in various shows and exhibitions: 1970 — National Gallery of Georgia, Group exhibition 1971 — House of Painters, Solo exhibition 1972 — House of Actors, named after A. Khorava in Tbilisi 1978 — Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Portugal, Lisbon 1979 — Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, ParisLyonMarseille 1979 — Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Beirut 1987 — "Days of Armenian Culture" in Venice 1995 — "Contemporary Armenian Art," Paris — MetzPoitiersPontivy, Solo exhibition 1995 — "The Paths of Armenia," Palace of Youth, Paris 1996 — National Gallery of Armenia, Group exhibition of Georgian and Armenian artists 2001 — "I Am Gayane from Tiflis," Nashchokin House Gallery, Moscow 2009 — "Painting — Film," with Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Parajanov, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow 2009 — Armenian Pavilion, 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2010 — "In Memoriam of Gayane Khachaturian" National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art Gayane Khachaturian Foundation