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Arendrup [née Courtauld], Edith (1846–1934), artist and Roman Catholic religious sister, was born on 1 September 1846 at Bocking, Braintree, Essex, the younger child and only daughter of John Minton Courtauld (d. 1877), junior partner in Samuel Courtauld & Co., silk and crepe manufacturers, and his wife, ...

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Corbaux, Marie Françoise Catherine Doetter [Fanny] (1812–1883), painter and biblical critic, was the daughter of the statistician and mathematician Francis Corbaux FRS (c.1769–1843), an Englishman who lived much abroad. Her sister, Louisa Corbaux (b. 1808), was also an artist. In 1827 her father's health was affected by financial losses and she immediately turned her early artistic talent to lucrative purpose. As women were not admitted to the ...

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Cutler, Ann (1759–1794), hand-loom weaver and Methodist evangelist, was born in Thornley, near Longridge, in the parish of Chipping, Lancashire; nothing is known of her parents. After living a strict, moral life she was converted in 1785 by the revivalist Wesleyan William Bramwell...

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Giberne, Maria Rosina (1802–1885), artist and convert to Roman Catholicism, was born on 13 August 1802 at Clapton, London, the seventh child of Mark Giberne (d. 1846), a wine merchant, and his wife, Rebecca Sharp (d. 1847). Her father came from French stock: the Huguenot ...

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Harry [married name Thresher], Jane (1755/6–1784), Quaker and artist, was born in Jamaica, the daughter of Charity Harry (d. 1793), who was described in a private bill passed in the Jamaica House of Assembly in 1775 as a 'free mulatto woman', and ...

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Miller [née Haring], Millie (1922–1977), social worker and politician, was born at 9 Windsor Terrace, Hoxton, London, on 8 April 1922, the fourth of five children of Barney Haring (1881–1947), diamond polisher, and his wife, Sarah, née Zomerplaag (...

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Plummer [née Lapsker], Beatrice [Beattie], Baroness Plummer (1903–1972), farmer and politician, was born in Russia, probably in Kiev, on 14 April 1903, one of several children of Meyer (or Morris) Lapsker (or Lipsker; (1871–1940), furniture dealer, and his wife, ...

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Russell [née Harington], Lucy, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627), courtier and patron of the arts, was baptized on 25 January 1581 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Middlesex, the elder daughter of John Harington, first Baron Harington of Exton...

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Lucy Russell, countess of Bedford (bap. 1581, d. 1627) attrib. William Larkin, c. 1615 National Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden

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Steiger, Isabelle de [née Isabelle Lace] (1836–1927), artist and theosophist, was born at 2 Canning Street, Liverpool, on 28 February 1836, the daughter of Joshua Lace, a local solicitor. She attended Miss Hackney's day school at Liverpool and Avonbank School, Stratford upon Avon...

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Isabelle de Steiger (1836–1927) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Trail, Ann Agnes [name in religion Agnes Xavier] (1798–1872), Roman Catholic nun and artist, was born on 16 February 1798 at Panbride, Forfarshire, the second of eleven children of the Revd David Trail (1765–1850), minister of Panbride, presbytery of Arbroath, and his wife, ...

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Welch, (Grace) Eileen [name in religion Werburg] (1894–1990), Benedictine nun and artist, was born on 17 May 1894 at Beaumont, Sherdington Road, Cheltenham, the eldest of the four children (one brother died aged seven) of John Grindon Welch (1854–1939), gentleman, and his wife, ...