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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Barnes, Djuna Chappell (1892–1982), writer and artist, was born on 12 June 1892 in a log cabin on Storm King Mountain, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York state, USA. She was the daughter of an American father, Wald Harold Barnes (1865–1934), and an English mother, Elizabeth Chappell (1862–1945)...

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Blow, Isabella [née Isabella Delves Broughton] (1958–2007), fashion journalist and stylist, was born on 19 November 1958 at the London Clinic, 20 Devonshire Place, Westminster, the eldest child in the family of three daughters and a son of Major Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, ...

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Isabella Blow (1958–2007) by Mario Testino, 1998 Mario Testino / Art Partner; hat by Philip Treacy

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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Clayton [married name Needham], Ellen Creathorne (1834–1900), author and artist, was born in Gloucester Terrace, Dublin, on 15 February 1834, the eldest child and only daughter of Benjamin Clayton (1809–1883), an engraver and illustrator, and his wife, Mary Graham (d. 1877)...

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Clements [married name Sharp, Seton], Gladys Agnes [Julia], Lady Seton (1906–2010), journalist and promoter of flower arranging, was born on 10 April 1906 at 41 Poplar Mount, Belvedere, Kent, the eldest of seven children of Frank Clements (1871/2–1916), marine engineer, and his wife, ...

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Dennys [married name Evans], (Isabelle Dorothy) Joyce (1893–1991), artist and author, was born in Murree, India, on 14 August 1893, the daughter of Charles John Dennys (1852–1928), captain in the Indian staff corps, and his wife, Lucy Winewood (Dot), née Tulloch (1859/60–1947)...

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Devas [née Macnamara; other married name Shephard], Nicolette (1911–1987), author and artist, was born on 1 February 1911 in London. She was the eldest of the four children of Francis Macnamara (1884–1946), an Irish eccentric, poet, and landowner, of Ennistymon House, co. Clare...

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Duncombe [née Highmore], Susanna (1725–1812), artist and poet, was born on 5 December 1725 at the Two Lions, 24 Holborn Row, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, the second child of Joseph Highmore (1692–1780), a painter, and his wife, Susanna Hiller (1689/90–1750) [see...

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See Finzi, Gerald Raphael

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Garnett [née Bell], Angelica Vanessa (1918–2012), painter and writer, was born at Charleston, a then secluded farmhouse in the Sussex downs, on Christmas day 1918. From that moment a deception began which was to colour the rest of her life. Her mother, the painter ...

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Angelica Vanessa Garnett (1918–2012) by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith, c.1957 © the Estate of Sir Matthew Bracy Smith

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Mai Ghoussoub (1952–2007) by unknown photographer Saqi Books

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Ghoussoub, Mai (1952–2007), writer, publisher, and artist, was born in Beit Shabab, a town in the mountains above Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 November 1952, the second daughter of Raymond Ghoussoub, lawyer and amateur footballer, and his wife, Maggie Bridi, mathematics teacher. Her parents were Maronite Christian Arabs. She was educated at the ...

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Gyles, Margaret Alethea [known as Althea Gyles] (1868–1949), artist and poet, was born in Kilmurry, co. Cork, Ireland, the daughter of ‘mad’ George Gyles and his wife, Alithea Emma, daughter of the Hon. and Revd Edward Grey, bishop of Hereford. Her family, from ...

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More, Mary (d. c. 1713), writer and artist, is of unknown origin. Information about her adult life can be derived from the lives of her two children from her first marriage, Elizabeth and Richard Waller, and from the preface to her manuscript essay, ...

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See Quennell, Charles Henry Bourne

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Elizabeth Postuma Simcoe (1762–1850) by Mary Anne Burges, 1790 Burges / National Archives of Canada / C-081931