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Blow, Sandra Betty (1925–2006), painter and collagist, was born on 14 September 1925, at 64 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, the only daughter of Jacob (Jack) Blow, a fruit wholesaler at Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, and his wife, Leah (Lily), née Rubinstein. She was of Jewish descent. Her brothers, ...

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Day [née Conradi], (Désirée) Lucienne Lisbeth Dulcie (1917–2010), textile designer, was born on 5 January 1917 at Dulceholme, Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, the youngest child and only daughter of Felix Conradi (1871/2–1957), a Belgian-born reinsurance broker, and his English wife, Dulcie Lilian Hilda, ...

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Dorn, Marion V. (1896–1964), designer, was born on 25 December 1896, probably at Menlo Park, near San Francisco, California, one of five children of Diodemus Socrates Dorn (1860–1913), lawyer, and Camille Johnson (1870–1932). Educated at Stanford University from 1912 to 1916 (bachelor of arts in graphic arts, Phi Beta Kappa), thereafter she shared a studio in ...

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Egerton [née Compton], Marianne Margaret, Viscountess Alford [known as Lady Marian Alford] (1817–1888), art patron and writer on needlework, was born on 21 June 1817 in the Casa del Pre, Naples; she lived with her parents in Rome from 1820 to 1830, mostly in the ...

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Jones, Owen (1809–1874), architect, printer, and designer, was born on 15 February 1809 at 148 Thames Street, London, the second of the three children of Owen Jones (1741–1814) and his wife, Hannah Jane (1772/3–1838). His father was a furrier and a distinguished Welsh antiquary. ...

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Kent, William (bap. 1686, d. 1748), painter, architect, and designer of gardens and interior furnishings, was baptized William Cant in St Mary's Church, Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 1 January 1686, the son of William Cant and his wife, Esther Shimmings.

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Morris [née Burden], Jane (1839–1914), embroiderer and artist's model, was born in Oxford on 19 October 1839, the daughter of Robert Burden (d. 1865), a stablehand in Oxford, and his wife, Ann Maizey (d. 1871). Little is known of her childhood, but it was clearly one of poverty and deprivation....

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Morris, William (1834–1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24 March 1834, eldest surviving son and fourth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), financier in the City of London, and his wife, Emma (1805–1894), daughter of ...

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Straub, Marianne (1909–1994), textile designer, was born on 23 September 1909 in Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland, the second of four daughters of Carl Straub (1871–1927), textile yarn merchant, and his wife, Cécile Kappeler (1881–1973). Despite her father's business Straub's interest in textiles developed independently, while she lived in a tubercular ward from the age of three and a half to eight. There she developed her acute memory for pattern, texture, and colour. At fifteen she decided to study textiles and, after boarding-school in ...

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Thurstan, Anna Violet [Violetta] (1879–1978), nurse and weaver, was born at Claremont, Ore, Sussex, on 4 February 1879, the eldest child and only daughter of Edward Paget Thurstan (1851–1941), surgeon, and his wife, Anna, née Reid (b. 1851). Her grandfather was Joseph Thurstan (...