Kitto, John (1804-54), author of The Pictorial Bible and many other works, was born at Plymouth, his father being a stonemason. After a few years at school he began to help him, but in 1817 fell from a ladder and became deaf for life. Two years later he was sent to the workhouse, where he remained for several years, till in 1824 he went to live in Exeter. While there he became interested in religious matters, and in 1827 was sent as a printer to Malta by the Church Missionary Society. Two years later he went to Persia, and was at Bagdad till 1832. On his return he began his literary career. He published in 1838 The Pictorial Bible, and in 1845 The Lost Senses. In 1850 he received a Civil List pension.