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Adshead, (Sylvia) Mary (1904–1995), mural painter and designer, was born on 15 February 1904 at 46 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, the only child of Stanley Davenport Adshead (1868–1946), architect and academic, and Mary Annie (1874–1960), née Blackie, teacher and housewife, who both had considerable influence on her career and early success. A delicate child, she was educated initially at home by her mother. From 1910 until 1913 the family spent part of each year in ...

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Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...

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Artari, Giuseppe (1692/1700–1769), stuccoist, was one of the most accomplished craftsmen to work in England in the early to mid-eighteenth century. Born at Arogno, near Lugano, Switzerland, he was probably the son of Giovanni Battista Artari (b. 1664), a stuccoist. The evidence of ...

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Ashley [née Mountney], Laura (1925–1985), dress designer and interior decorator, was born on 7 September 1925 at Dowlais, near Merthyr Tudful, south Wales, the eldest of the four children (two daughters and two sons) of Stanley Lewis Mountney, a civil servant, of ...

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Laura Ashley (1925–1985) by Philip Sayer, early 1980s © Philip Sayer; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, William [name in religion Anselm] (1833–1885), heraldic artist and mural painter, was born in Birmingham on 23 January 1833, the son of Thomas Baker, a coach painter. He appears to have worked as a gun-stocker, and he learned to paint and draw at the ...

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Bernard, Oliver Percy (1881–1939), architect and designer, was born on 8 April 1881 at 2 Box Villas, Danby Street, Camberwell, London, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Charles Bernard (formerly Charles West; d. 1894), theatrical manager of Scottish descent, and his wife, ...

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Braddell [née Busse], Dorothy Adelaide (1889–1981), designer and decorative artist, was born at 129 Inverness Terrace, Paddington, London, on 30 June 1889, the daughter of Jacob Levine Busse, stockbroker, and his wife, Annie Leonie Stiebel. After attending Miss Manville's school and King's College, London...

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Chermayeff [formerly Issakovitch], Sergius Ivan [Serge] (1900–1996), designer and architect, was born Sergius Ivanovich Issakovitch in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia (though at the time of his naturalization as a British subject he gave his birth place as Odessa), on 8 October 1900, the only son and younger child of ...

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Colefax [née Halsey], Sibyl Sophie Julia, Lady Colefax (1874–1950), hostess and interior decorator, was born on 4 December 1874, at The Poplars, Wimbledon Common, Surrey (the house of her uncle, Walter Bagehot). She was the third but only surviving daughter (and fifth and last child) of ...